Jury says Virginia Tech was negligent prior to 2007 massacre

March 19, 2012
University did not warn campus of possible danger after two students were shot

From The Roanoke Times: Virginia Tech has been found negligent for failing to warn students about a possible gunman on campus after two students were shot early on April 16, 2007. A jury awarded $4 million to Karen and Harry Pryde, and $4 million to Celeste and Grafton Peterson for the deaths of their daughters in Norris Hall. University officials chose not to warn the campus after the 7 a.m. shootings at West Ambler Johnston Hall in which students Emily Hilscher and Ryan Clark were fatally shot by student Seung-Hui Cho. Cho left campus briefly, then returned to attack again, killing 30 in Norris Hall.

REACTION...From The Associated Press: The state of Virginia is giving strong signals that it will appeal a jury's decision that Virginia Tech officials were negligent in their actions leading up to the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. The verdict in the wrongful death lawsuit is the latest of three decisions that have faulted the university for its actions on April 16, 2007, when it hesitated at letting students know of a gunman on campus.

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