Virginia Tech Responds To Panel Findings

August 30, 2007

Virginia Tech President Charles Steger said that criticism of the school's response to the April shootings were valuable and necessary but did say that there have been some misconceptions.

At a news conference Thursday afternoon Steger said it's "painful to hear the blunt, and in some cases, critical findings."

But Steger calls it a "great misconception" that there was a two-hour gap in communication between the two campus shootings on April 16th. He said there was "continuous action and deliberations" during that time.

Steger said officials "acted quickly and to the best of their ability based on what they knew at the time."

The panel said that more prompt action by the university to warn
students could have saved lives. But Steger said "nobody can say for certain what would have happened if different decisions were made." He added that it could have been worse.

Some family members of the victims have asked Governor Kaine to have Steger step down but Kaine said that officials have "suffered enough."

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