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Report Finds VT Could Have Saved Lives
Cornell & IC React to New Report
Mike Beyman
| August 30, 2007
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It's been four and a half months since the Virginia Tech shooting, and new details come to light about the massacre every day. Today, a report that has investigated the attack has found that Virginia Tech could have saved lives if it had quickly warned the entire campus that two students had been shot and that the killer was still on the loose. The panel found that the university only sent an e-mail two hours after the attack which allowed the killer Cho Seuing-Hui to leave the dormitory mail a letter, and enter another building where he killed 31 of his victims. The report also showed that Virginia tech had not taken the proper steps to mentally care for the gunman. Evidence points to Mr. Cho being mentally troubled as early as 1999. University professors and administration missed numerous signs that could have led for him to receive help. The Virginia Tech massacre is the most deadly shooting in modern US History. This reports strikes especially close to Ithacaís schools, Cornell University and Ithaca College, especially as both schools begin to implement new safety and security polices. WVBR has been reporting that Cornell University will be implementing an emergency alert system via text message. However, little attention has been paid to each collegeís mental health program. Dr. Suki Montgomery, assistant direcor of counseling at Ithaca College told WVBR that at Ithaca college ìthe staff and faculty know each other. We have open communication. If there are students at risk, we may already know about it.î She also told WVBR that a if student in counseling showed homicidal tendencies ìwe would assess if the severity of the situation. There are certain situations in which confidentiality can be breached.î Cornell University has not returned WVBRís phone calls.
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