UVa Students Learn Fate For Campus Gun Scare

By: Lisa Ferrari Email
By: Lisa Ferrari Email

June 7, 2007

In April four students were arrested for brandishing a firearm on grounds. Prosecutors and the defense agreed last Friday that the students will pay a fine and perform 50 hours of community service.

"I think it an appropriate resolution to the case there is an accountability for the students who did a very very stupid thing" said Jim Camblos, Commonwealth's Attorney.

"There was never any intention of trying to scare people or being reckless or stupid. Well they might have been a little stupid they might have been a little stupid" said Charles Sipe, Defense attorney for Christopher Smith.

The students, Caroline Choe, Jerry Hsieh, Eric Chau, and Smith caused quite a scare while filming a class project outside an engineering building with a plastic gun.

The drama unfolded one week to the day after the Virginia Tech massacre.

Dozens of officers swarmed the area. Students panicked, one was even sent to the ER. The students are to reimburse Charlottesville and UVa police and pay for the medical expenses of that students taken to the hospital.

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