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Posted at 8:40 AM ET, 08/20/2010

U.Va. plans "Day of Dialogue" after killing

By Washington Post editors

Students, faculty and staff at the University of Virginia will hold a daylong discussion about violence, violence prevention and campus safety in September.

President Teresa A. Sullivan says the beginning of a new academic year is an opportunity to continue a discussion that began following the slaying of U.Va. lacrosse player Yeardley Love of Cockeysville.

Love was found dead in her apartment May 3. Her ex-boyfriend and fellow lacrosse player, George Huguely of Chevy Chase is charged with murder.

The university says the “Day of Dialogue” will be held Sept. 24. The schedule hasn't been finalized.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | August 20, 2010; 8:40 AM ET
Categories:  Virginia  
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Hopefully, part of the "dialogue" will be about not overlooking criminal behavior by athletes.

Posted by: postfan1 | August 20, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, this will definitely prevent future murders...a day of "kim-by-ya" and "peace"! If this is supposedly the answer, then why are there still terrorists in the world who want to kill us? Hmmmmm.......

Posted by: supernavyman007 | August 20, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

I would expect a lot of smoke screen, feel-good BS from the UVA administration.Let them put their money where their mouths are. Make the men's athletic department be self supporting, and cut out all the budget 'fat' in men's athletics. Have and enforce a ZERO TOLERANCE policy toward those who commit and/or threaten others.Invest heavily in on campus health care services to prevent violence and provide treatment and outreach services by psychiatric professionals.

Posted by: 10bestfan | August 20, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

supernavyman007:

Verbal and physical abuse between men and women is a serious problem that is hard to solve when it's kept behind closed doors and people are too embarrassed or afraid to talk about it. It's also very likely (solid research shows, BTW) that other family members, especially children, are not only likely to suffer great long-lasting damage, but that the children of abusive parents will repeat the same dysfunctional behavior with their own spouses/lovers and inflict it upon their children, too. Breaking the cycle can be very hard.

Violence is timeless, and we'll never get rid of it all. However, it's become a viral problem all over this country--even schoolyard bullying is getting worse and leading, in some cases, to suicide. Still, a lot of it CAN BE PREVENTED. The only reliable way to prevent or cut off violent relationships--and to encourage the victims to get out permanently--is to teach better ways and, oooo yeah, TALK about it.

When postfan and 10bestfan say that jocks need to be held more accountable for their behavior--I agree to the nth degree! Athletes and celebrities on everywhere conduct themselves with less self-control than an ADHD kid off her/his meds. But some of them and weirdos like Hugely won't respond to the threat of consequences. It's through discussions and other educational efforts that your average student or citizen can be made more aware and more likely to act--before the trigger is pulled.

Posted by: EdgewoodVA | August 23, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

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