June 13, 2007
The President ordered the panel to examine how to prevent another shooting like Virginia Tech from happening on U.S. campuses. The panel has found privacy laws to be the most visible problem.
The federal report cites police, doctors, and schools do not typically share information with one another about a potentially harmful student, because of the complication of privacy laws and this lack of flowing information is a breading ground for danger.
According to the report it is still unknown if gunman Sueng Hui Cho ever received follow-up treatment after a judge described him as a danger to himself and others. This is just more information about Cho being withheld under the privacy laws.
“Excuse me, but this is a no brainier. This gentleman in question Mr. Cho doesn't now deserve any right to privacy at this point, not when you talking about the fact that by releasing that information we maybe able to prevent loss of future lives,” said Holly Sherman, a parent of a Tech victim.
The federal investigation also suggested all schools should develop a system that would quickly notify other students of emergency situations.
The Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Justice, and the Department of Education are responsible for the federal investigation.