It's amazing how limited the thinking is in this report. Oh, well. I'm sure we'll learn more from the next one...
Report on Virginia Tech University Shootings Faults Slow Response
By VOA News
30 August 2007
A report on the deadly shooting rampage at Virginia Tech University in April says school officials waited too long to inform students and faculty about the first two murders on campus that day.
The report, issued by an independent panel that investigated the incident, says two hours went by before police sent out a a campus-wide alert that two people were shot to death at a dormitory on the morning of April 16.
Seung-Hui Cho (file photo)
By then, the gunman, Seung-Hui Cho, was headed to a campus building where he killed 30 more people before committing suicide.
The panel says a campus-wide lockdown would not have been prevented the killings, but could have allowed students and faculty to better protect themselves.
The eight-member panel, appointed by Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, spent four months investigating the shooting rampage.
The panel also criticizes Virginia Tech's counseling center for not taking more aggressive steps in treating the gunman, Cho, when he began showing signs of mental instability. The center failed to schedule a follow-up appointment with the Korean-born student after an initial interview, and that records of the interview are missing.
The report says Cho had showed signs of a mental disorder as far back as his childhood, and received treatment in high school. He expressed a fascination with the 1999 shootings at Columbine High School, in the western U.S. state of Colorado, where two students opened fire and killed several other students and teachers.