VT Panel Set For Public Meeting In Charlottesville

July 15, 2007

The governor's panel reviewing the Virginia Tech shootings will likely issue broad recommendations for all agencies involved in the tragedy, from police to universities to the mental health community.

That's according to the panel's chairman, Gerald Massengill.

The former Virginia State Police superintendent says the panel will identify a number of best practices. But he says there will be some criticism and guidance in most of the fields.

With a report due in mid-August, the panel has one more scheduled public meeting set for Wednesday in Charlottesville. It will meet in closed session Thursday to summarize the data it has collected on gunman Seung-Hui Cho (sung-wee joh). The mentally ill Tech student killed 32 people and himself.

Massengill says the eight-member panel has worked hard to ensure the credibility of its investigation. He believes the public will have confidence in its final report.

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