Virginia Tech found negligent in 2007 shooting

March 15, 2012

On Wednesday, a jury found Virginia Tech negligent for not sending timelier warnings of an active threat and awarded large sums to 2 families whose daughters were killed in the April 16, 2007 campus shootings. In their lawsuit, the families alleged that if Virginia Tech officials had warned the campus more promptly after the earlier shootings that day, their daughters would have taken precautions, altering their schedules. "Higher education is under the microscope now," says one observer. "The accountability level has definitely changed." Virginia Tech officials express disappointment with the verdict, calling the shootings "an unprecedented act of violence that no one could have foreseen." If the university appeals the verdict, it is unlikely to succeed, says a University of Richmond law professor who has followed the case. VT President's Letter | The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)