Jury Finds Virginia Tech Negligent in April 2007 Shooting Tragedy
On March 14, 2012 a jury found Virginia Tech negligent in their response to the tragedy and families seeking truth, accountability and consequences had their perseverence served with the verdict. Celeste Petersen, mother of Erin Petersen who was killed stated, "We wanted truth from the beginning and we got it. All I know is today we got what we wanted."
This verdict is not only a moral victory for the families but a reminder that sound leadership, competence and judgement are required for all entrusted with protecting educational communities.
Aside from this decision, a Federal Report also stated Virginia Tech failed to warn the campus as memorialized in my previous blog:
Federal Report: Virginia Tech Violated Law Failing to Warn the Campus
December 11, 2011 Blog
December 11, 2011 Blog
Since the April 16, 2007 tragedy, I have stated emphatically in my presentations, blogs, response and newest book Listen To Their Cries, that Virginia Tech failed their community with an inexcusable response to the tragedy. Essentially, I have expressed their response as a failure of judgment, competence and leadership that allowed more than two hours to pass after the first killings before issuing an alert to their campus. Compounding this failure was another clear expression of egregious negligence, their warning was vague. The results were the senseless and preventable deaths of 30 more community members after the first two murders and many additional injuries.
On December 9, 2010 my teachings on the failure of Virginia Tech were affirmed by the findings of the United States Department of Education’s report and were published in reports throughout the nation.
It is my hope that this United States Department of Education report serves truth, accountability and consequences and that these issues are further served by the pending lawsuits against the university by victims of the tragedy.
|USDOE Report||Click here to visit site|
|Practical Information on Crisis Planning: A Guide For Schools And Communities||Click here to visit site|
|The Handbook for Campus Crime Reporting||Click here to visit site|
|Virginia Tech Blogs||Click here to visit site|