Police: Fans report man with rifleThere was a brief period there that I thought they were going to call in the national guard.
By Amanda Codispoti and Robert Anderson, The Roanoke Times
The Bedford County Sheriff's Office and Virginia State Police searched intensively Friday night for a reportedly armed man seen outside Staunton River High School, not far from where ballgames were being played, an official said.
Spectators at those games saw a shirtless man near the football field carrying what appeared to be a rifle about 6:20 p.m., said Bedford County Public Schools spokesman Ryan Edwards.
Mitchell Hayter, a freshman on the school's junior varsity baseball team, was in left field when a voice on the intercom delivered the alarming message.
"There's somebody on campus with a gun. Get in the concession stand, the batting cage or the locker room and stay there," Mitchell recalled the woman saying. (link)
I know. The appropriate thing for me to do, in light of that which took place on the Virginia Tech campus three weeks ago, is to let this go without comment.
But the local Roanoke television channel I was watching broke into my Jeopardy telecast to bring us the breaking news. "A man was seen carrying a gun. (we think) According to a person who talked to a person who talked to a person. No other information is available at this time. But let's recap ..."
Meanwhile here in Bland County, where the sight of an unarmed man is reason to be suspicious, life goes on as usual. Except that we can't watch our favorite quiz show on TV because the frightened children over in Bedford and Roanoke soil their knickers at the mere mention of a firearm.
You all need to get a grip. And quit disrupting my evening entertainment.