Thursday, December 09, 2010

Virginia Tech may face penalties for delay in alert of 2007 mass murders

12/9/10, "Virginia Tech could be fined or lose federal aid because it broke the law by waiting too long to notify students during a 2007 shooting rampage, according to a federal report issued Thursday.

The U.S Department of Education had found in January that the school violated federal law with its response during the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, but gave Tech a chance to respond to the finding in its preliminary report.

  • Federal officials rebuffed Tech's arguments that it met standards in place at the time in Thursday's final report."...
The school will likely appeal the findings and have said in any case no one would face criminal charges.

(continuing): "The department found that the university violated the Clery Act because it failed to issue a timely warning after a gunman killed two students in a dormitory early on April 17, 2007. The school sent out an e-mail about the shootings

  • about two hours later,

but by that time the student gunman, Seung-Hui Cho, was chaining shut the doors to a classroom building where he killed 30 more students and faculty, then himself."...

7/23/09, "Missing mental health records of Va. Tech shooter are discovered," Washington Post. Records of Va. Tech killer
  • found in home of Va. Tech employee.

photos 1, 2, 3 from BallparksofBaseball.com, 3/18/08 at Virginia Tech; photo 4, Virginia Tech President Dr. Charles Steger throws first pitch at Yankee Stadium, May 2007, about a month after the mass murders. mlb photo

  • via MichaelSavage.com


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