Like many people in Canada, I have been closely watching the story of Kimveer Gill who shot and killed at least one student in a Montreal college and injured many more. This was eerie on many levels. For one, it was quite apropos for my entry about the moral responsibility for being happy, raising important questions about whether happiness is truly possible for all people.
The other “eerie” is the one that is more obvious to any Montrealer — that is the similarity of this attack with that of Marc Lepine.
As it Happens has reported on this incident, and I am very intrigued by how the use of cell phones, text messaging and iPods may have saved the lives of quite a few students in the school. It seems that many of the students in their classes were informed about the attacker by text messaging. This meant that they stayed out of the danger area and managed to get out of the school alive. Then I think about how, if this was 5 years earlier, many more students would have died.
My heart goes out to the families of all the victims, and my prayers in particular go out to the four people who are struggling for their lives right now in a Montreal hospital.