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09-13-2006, 06:45 PM
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OT: Tragedy at Dawson College ON TOPIC THREAD

No immature children allowed.

This is for solidarity with the victims.

Edited for those not from Montreal who are just dropping in and seeing this thread:

Today (September 13th, 2006), at about 12:45 PM, a 25-year old Montreal man wearing a long black trenchcoat and with a mohawk entered Dawson College with a gun and starting shooting.

Dawson College is the largest CEGEP in the province of Quebec. CEGEP is a school most students attend for 2-3 years between high school and university, meaning a majority of students are between 17 and 20 years of age. Dawson is an English-language institution with nearly 10,000 students, located in the heart of downtown Montreal, surrounded by shopping centres, office buildings, and directly across the street from the old Montreal Forum, former home of the Montreal Canadiens.

Original reports had there possibly being as many as 4 gunmen, but later this evening police would confirm that there was only 1. The gunman shot at least 20 students, killing one 18-year old girl, and injuring at least 19 others, whose statuses range from stable to critical.

Police arrived on the scene in a matter of minutes, and bravely entered the college, helping students evacuate, and quickly finding themselves face-to-face with the shooter.

The gunman then engaged in a war of words with police officers, and when he was set to open fire on students once again, he was shot in the arm by a police officer, at which point in time he turned his weapon on himself, choosing to commit suicide.

As one user stated in the original thread on this subject, it would be fair to estimate that about 80% of Quebecers know someone who currently attends or did attend Dawson College. So this is a sad day for the entire province, and our thoughts and prayers go to the victims and their families.

An announcement has been made that the school will be closed for the remainder of the week, as counselling appointments for those in need are booked, and police wrap up their investigation. As of today, the school is expected to reopen for business Monday morning.

On a personal note, I graduated from Dawson in May of 2005 after spending 2 years there as a student very involved in student politics (I was on the Dawson Student Union) and in the coordination of activities. I know many many people (both students and staff) who still attend the college, and fortunately it seems everyone I know is alright. But watching the scenes unfold on television... people I know running scared for their lives out of the building I called my "home away from home" for 2 of the best years of my life... I was in shock.

Last edited by Dan K: 09-14-2006 at 08:59 PM.
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