Virginia Tech trial: An in-depth look

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Yesterday, the verdict came down in a trial of Virginia Tech’s actions on the morning of the April 16, 2007, campus shootings. Two families whose daughters died in the Norris Hall mass shooting won their civil suits against the university. The jury found Tech negligent for failing to adequately warn the campus of a “foreseeable risk” of assault on a student.

They found that the university’s actions denied Erin Peterson and Julia Pryde an opportunity to take precautions for their safety and led to their deaths.

Today, on the front page of the Collegiate Times, I explained the factors that led to the jury’s finding, what the verdict meant to the families, and what the university plans to do about it.

Read my in-depth story on a landmark case for higher education that likely isn’t over yet: April 16 families win suits.


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