Campus outrage as Penn State students dress as Virginia Tech massacre victims


A Penn State student dressed as a Virginia Tech massacre victim at a Halloween party, with a fake bullet wound in her chest. The photo sparked outrage on both campuses.

DAILY NEWS | Dec 8, 2007

A Penn State student dressed as a Virginia Tech massacre victim at a Halloween party, with a fake bullet wound in her chest. The photo sparked outrage on both campuses.

Two Penn State students have re-opened a wound after they costumed themselves for a Halloween party as victims of last spring’s shooting massacre at Virginia Tech.

Photos of two Penn State students, partying in Virginia Tech paraphernalia marked with bullet holes and fake blood, made their way onto the social networking site Facebook.

The one photo accessible to the public came to the attention of WSLS-TV, a local station in Roanoke, Va., which broadcast a report late this week.

The station’s interview with one of the Penn State students who wore the outfits drew the outraged attention of both campuses – especially because he defended the costumes, which WSLS-TV deemed too offensive to even show.

“It’s not that it was funny,” the student said of the costumes. “It’s that we are notorious and infamous and very popular in the state college, so we have to do things that push the envelope just for shock value,” he said.

He went on to imply that Virginia Tech students’ public displays of grief less than a year after the massacre are at least partly for show.

“This is a group of college students who now think it’s trendy to be upset about their friends being killed,” said the Penn student.

He said those who objected to the costumes were blowing things out of proportion.

“The thing is, everybody’s making a big stink about Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech was 32 deaths out of the 26 thousand that happen in America everyday,” he said. “That’s the problem with college students. They all live in an ivory tower of privilege. They don’t understand, when it all boils down to it, it’s someone wearing a costume.”

Penn State newspaper The Collegian reported that within hours of the interview broadcast, which did not show the student, a Virgina Tech Facebook group called “People against this costume” had more than 4000 members.

On Saturday the group, which is open only to Virginia Tech students, listed 3,335 members.

After the tragedy, in which gunman Seung Hui Cho killed 32 people before committing suicide, Penn State was quick to express support and solidarity with Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg.

The April 16 massacre was the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, and the campus’ scars are far from healed.

Once the photos came to light, Penn State was quick to condemn – and distance itself from – its students actions. “We are appalled that these individuals would display this level of insensitivity, indifference, and lack of common decency and sense by dressing up in this manner,” the school said in a statement obtained by WSLS-TV.

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20 responses to “Campus outrage as Penn State students dress as Virginia Tech massacre victims

  1. this is disgusting. this girl should be ashamed. this is not a subject to be made fun off. grow up, ur in Penn State.

  2. you are a loser for doin that its not funny people got killed and your making frun of them you are a horrble person and that is sad thing that you make frun of murderd people you are a bitch ok you shouldnt be making frun of people like that if i knew you i would kick your ass ok you are so lowlife loser right know):

  3. At the very least, she should get bitch-slapped upside the head.

  4. I consider someone dressing up as a car accident or murder victim to be just as obscene. I say we ban Halloween altogether.

  5. As a Virginia Tech graduate who was there at the time of the tragedy, I am sickened to see this! How disrespectful! Anyone who would do this, obviously has mental problems and should be evaluated. This girl is sick!

    neVer forgeT. god bless 32.

    VT Hokie. We Will Prevail!!!

  6. She is immoral, insensitive, self-centered and lacks empathy. Very common for people to have psychopathic traits these days. I believe watching TV 8 hours a day and playing violent video games the other 8 hours, is part of the cause of this moral meltdown.

  7. @#!$en retarded, sick minded disrespectful, lowlife excuse for a human!!!

  8. you see……only Americans would do such a thing

  9. How old is this girl, 14??? To the people at PSU who made those comments about the friends and family of VT victims, grow the hell up and show some class and human decency. Nobody gives a shit about your popularity. You’re probably just like every other high school poser that nobody liked trying to get your 15 minutes of attention.

  10. I see Penn State is forging the minds of bright young Americans. I Hope these images come to haunt these students when its time to interview for a job in the real world. Karma is a beyotch…

  11. sircarterello

    sick and twisted. the woman should have shame. she realizes not whom this is hurting yet gives no ex cude for doing so. wrong nothing more or less. just brutal and immoral.

  12. ur a sick bitch. u need 2 mental classes or something

  13. This is disgusting. I hope she was dealt with correctly and suspended/kicked out of the university.

  14. C’est une connerie ?
    Pourquoi elle est debout alors ? ‘-_-

  15. This picture shouldn’t be here for respect to this poor girl and her family.

  16. “Poor girl”??

    Where was HER respect for the families who lost loved ones? Nowhere to be found is where it was.

    She should never be allowed to forget what she has done.

  17. I hope she roots in hell with the psycho VT murder. Maybe when someone kills her friends and family this little bitch will wanna dress up as them for halloween. I personally would have thrown my halloween beer on her fat, orange, disrespectful. ugly ass!

  18. Late but outraged wicken

    Let me begin my response with my condolences to the families of the VT massacre victims. Now even with the comments that this was done for shock value it is a costume , GROW UP. Halloween is not meant to be about fairy’s and princesses. Even if the costume was not meant to respect the deceased (don’t get me wrong if that was broadcast as the intent I would be even more outraged by these responses) All-Hallows-Eve is about the DEAD whether you think it is dressing as the dead out of respect for them, or dressing like the undead to scare them back into their tombs it is meant to evoke fear and respect not make you want to cuddle and kiss the wandering costumed hoards. I am quite sure someone dressed as Dracula and you know what I am also fairly sure no mater how well their costume was made it was not on the news nor did it evoke out rage from the descendants of those he massacred. oh ya and I may be late but at least I can use spellchecker.

  19. Ladyofthelakes

    My son is a Research Developer at VT, my daughter is a professor there. My son cried over the phone telling me they were friends of Jamie Bishop, professor shot at point blank range. My daughter in law was to be in that same building in 20 minutes for class.

    This sorry excuse of a human being, lowlife, empty hearted, self absorbed should have been shown the close range pictures of those precious faculty and students then have her sorry arse expelled out of any university

    It was a horrific time for everyone connected to VT

  20. this girl is such a horrible cunt. i cried when i saw this picture, its fucking disgusting, 32 young people died prematurely in a complete act of evil, while their friends had to watch. man i hope i meet this bitch and her boyfriend someday

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