So the long-awaited report from Virginia Governor Timothy M. Kaine’s eight-member panel about the Virginia Tech massacre was finally delivered from on high. What does it tell us? A bunch of nothing that we didn’t already know.
RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Tech failed to properly care for a mentally troubled student gunman and waited too long to warn faculty and students after he killed his first two victims in a shooting spree that eventually claimed 31 more lives, including his own, a panel’s report concluded.
Let me interrupt just for a second? Why was it VT’s responsibility to “properly care” for Cho? As far as I can recall VT did all they could to help him. It was up to Cho help himself but he obviously didn’t do that.
Had university officials not waited more than two hours to tell the campus about the initial shootings, lives could have been saved when Seung-Hui Cho later began his massacre inside a classroom building, according to the report, released Wednesday night.
I can’t argue with that but I said that when it first happened.
“Warning the students, faculty and staff might have made a difference,” the panel wrote. “So the earlier and clearer the warning, the more chance an individual had of surviving.”
But the report concluded that while swifter warnings might have helped students and faculty, a lockdown of the 131 buildings on campus would not have been feasible.
And while the first message sent by the university could have gone out at least an hour earlier and been more specific, Cho likely still would have found more people to kill, the report found.
“There does not seem to be a plausible scenario of a university response to the double homicide that could have prevented the tragedy of considerable magnitude on April 16,” the report said. “Cho had started on a mission of fulfilling a fantasy of revenge.”
So basically what they’re saying is even if the campus was notified of the original murders Cho would have still killed a lot of people just maybe some different people. And it took them 4 months to come to this conclusion? I’m glad I’m not a Virginia taxpayer.
The whole boring report can be found here.