A jury in Christiansberg, Virginia has ruled that officials at Virginia Tech were negligent on April 16, 2007, the day of the infamous shooting rampage that left 32 people dead and 25 injured, according to a report from ABC affiliate station WJLA.
The jury of seven was given the case earlier today and asked to determine whether school officials had acted improperly by delaying a campus-wide warning about the gunman’s rampage. Some victims’ families say the time delay allowed shooter Seung-Hui Cho to slaughter dozens more students and faculty than he would have if a warning had gone out in a timely manner.
School administrators say that they were simply following the instructions of police, who concluded that the shootings “were not a threat to the wider campus.”
Negligence suits were filed against the school by the families of two students killed in 2007. They contend that an earlier warning could have saved their loved ones’ lives. Each family is seeking $100,000 in damages.
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