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ERIC Number: EJ777770
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep-7
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Virginia Tech Was Slow to Respond to Gunman, Panel Finds
Fischer, Karin; Wilson, Robin
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n2 pA1 Sep 2007
This article reports on the findings of the state panel on the Virginia Tech massacre. A state panel that investigated last spring's massacre at Virginia Tech has issued a harshly worded report that says the university erred in the way it handled a mentally disabled student who became a killer and in how it dealt with the immediate aftermath of the shootings. The report was one of several developments involving the shootings in the last several weeks, including the release of an internal review by the university. The panel found that the Virginia Tech police made a mistake in "prematurely concluding" that the first two murders on April 16, which occurred in a campus dormitory room, resulted from a domestic dispute and that the killer had probably left the campus. The report said the university waited much too long--about two hours--to issue a campuswide alert about those murders. While it found fault with the response to the attack, and made many recommendations for improvements, the panel did not call for the firing of any officials.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia