I spent part of the coldest day of this year in Blacksburg, Va. Sunday and picked up this little piece of literature: (more…)
January 21, 2008
August 30, 2007
(Chapter VII, pp 79-82)
At this point, the police may have made an error in reaching a premature conclusion that their initial lead was a good one, or at least in conveying that impression to the Virginia Tech administration. While continuing their investigation, they did not take sufficient action to deal with what might happen if the initial lead proved false. They conveyed to the university Policy Group that they had a good lead and that the person of interest was probably not on campus.
(That is how the Policy Group understood it, according to its chair and other members who were interviewed by the panel and who presented information at one of its open hearings.)
After two people were shot dead, police needed to consider the possibility of a murderer loose on campus who did a double slaying for unknown reasons, even though a domestic disturbance was a likely possibility. The police did not urge the Policy Group to take precautions, as best can be understood from the panel’s interviews.
April 17, 2007
In case you haven’t heard today, Virginia took back a record from the likes of the Columbine killers and Charles Whitman – we now are the worst mass killing on a school campus in American history.
While several things are still understandably fuzzy, one interesting point is – at the admission of administrators – why didn’t Virginia Tech campus officials institute an existing e-mail and cell phone warning system when two dead bodies were found in an on-campus dorm and no shooter had yet been identified?
I just finished having this argument with a family member who pointed out that one had to be at the scene to understand the thought processes of those on the scene. To a point, that’s true. But there’s always the point that a university had two dead people on campus and no way of knowing whether or not the perp was still on campus or what his/her intentions were beyond that.
There’s no telling if that course of action would have prevented further loss of life – assuming that the same person committed all the murders – but it sure would have added another variable to the equation for the killer or killers.
Assuming that two dead people in a campus dorm was a domestic issue? I’m sorry, but that’s asinine under any circumstances.