Shock, fear and surprise at OSU

A sick man with a car and a knife.

By now, everyone knows about Monday’s sudden violence in the heart of the Ohio State University campus. On a day that might’ve been a sleepy, post-holiday time for happily remembering Saturday’s big football win, the community erupted in a blast of shock, fear, surprise and bewilderment.

School officials warned of a possible active-shooter situation, and social media instantly blew up as it always does now, when these tragedies strike: partial reports, eyewitness scraps, blurry cellphone photos, official reactions, scary warnings, fragmentary news updates — and yes, loved ones posting reassurances that they were safe from harm.

It seems the way of our world today, the new normal we wait on to repeat itself in some corner of the world, to take up the headlines until we move on and wait some more, as we go about our business.

This time, sadly for us, it happened much closer to home. This time, blessedly, it could have been much, much worse. As OSU President Michael Drake told reporters, “We live in an unstable world, unfortunately.”

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