Virginia Tech Report: Lives Could Have Been Saved

April 30, 2007

Virginia Tech's response to last April's shooting is sharply criticized by a panel investigating the shootings. In a report released Thursday, it said the University failed to properly care for the mentally troubled student gunman.

The report said lives could have been saved if officials had not waited more than two hours to tell the campus about the initial shootings in a dormitory.

But the report adds that Seung-Hui Cho likely still would have found more people to kill.

Celeste Peterson, mother of slain freshman Erin Peterson, says
the governor and the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors should "show
some leadership" by removing Tech President Charles Steger
and Tech police chief Wendell Flinchum.

Cathy Read, stepmother of slain freshman Mary Karen Read, says
"it's clear" that many mistakes resulted from "a failure of leadership at the very top levels of the university."

But Governor Tim Kaine says Tech officials have suffered enough
without losing their jobs. He says he's trying to fix the problem
and he doesn't think firings are the way to do that."

A link to the full report can be found below.


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