Penn State Costumes Spark Va. Tech Wrath

Macabre Halloween photos surface on Facebook
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 9, 2007 11:22 AM CST
A Penn State student dressed as a Virginia Tech shooting victim.   (
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(Newser) – Virginia Tech is in an uproar over Penn State students who dressed up for Halloween as Tech shooting victims, then posted the tasteless pictures on Facebook, reports the Washington Post. The reaction has been both mournful and violent. "People all over Penn State—students, faculty, alumni—are appalled at what they've done," said a Penn official. Website moderators have had to remove threatening comments.

One of the pictured students told a TV station that they were trying to outdo last year’s grisliest costume: the victims of the Pennsylvania Amish school shooting. He said, “It's not meant to really make a statement about anything, other than, 'Look how amazingly shocking we can be and not cry about it, not be upset about it.' "