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Monday
Apr162012

Virginia Tech Commemorates Fifth Anniversary of Shootings

TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images(BLACKSBURG, Va.) -- Five years ago on April 16, 2007, a Virginia Tech student went on a shooting rampage throughout the campus, killing 32 people before taking his own life.  It was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

On Monday, the university and Virginia mark the fifth anniversary of the tragedy with a statewide moment of silence at 9:43 a.m. ET, the time of the shooting in the classroom building.

Monday is also the first time in five years that classes will be held on April 16.

Gunman Seung-Hui Cho first shot two people dead in a dorm before heading to the classroom building where 30 others were gunned down.  He then committed suicide before he could be taken into custody.

After all this time, the motivations of Cho, who showed signs of being unstable before the shootings, remain unknown.

Last month, a jury ruled that Virginia Tech was negligent in how it failed to initially warn students about the shootings on its campus, awarding two families that sued $4 million each, although the judge said the awards should be capped at $100,000.

Meanwhile, Virginia Tech and other universities across the country have since created or improved emergency notification systems to alert students of danger through emails, text messages and social media.

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Thursday
Dec092010

Feds: Virginia Tech Violated Federal Law for Failing to Issue Timely Warning

A Virginia Tech student breaks down in tears while remembering the 2007 on-campus tragedy. Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Department of Education on Thursday issued a report that found the administration of Virginia Tech University in violation of federal law for its handling of the mass shootings on its campus in 2007. The department ruled that Tech had failed in its legal obligation to issue a "timely warning" to the campus community after two students were shot in a dormitory in the early morning hours of April 16, 2007.

More than two hours later, Seung-Hui Cho, a 23-year-old student with a history of mental health problems, chained the doors of a classroom building and went on a shooting rampage, killing 30 other students and faculty before taking his own life.

In making its final determination, the Education Department wrote that "Virginia Tech failed to issue adequate warnings in a timely manner in response to the murders on campus." When Tech did eventually issue a warning two hours after the dorm shooting, the report says the alert "was not prepared or disseminated in a manner to give clear and timely notice of the ongoing threat to students and employees."

Virginia Tech is charged with violating the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, which requires colleges and universities to publicly disclose information about crime on and around their campuses. The complaint against the university was lodged three years ago by the advocacy group Security on Campus, which was formed by the parents of Jeanne Clery, a 19-year-old Lehigh University freshman who was raped and murdered in 1986 and for whom the law is named. Under the law, the Department of Education has the authority to investigate violations and enforce penalties, which can include fines and, in extreme cases, suspension of federal financial aid.

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