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Jul 29, 2009

Victims' Families Push to Reconvene Va. Tech Review Panel
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Survivors of the Virginia Tech massacre and relatives of Seung Hui Cho's victims called on Gov. Timothy M. Kaine on Tuesday to reconvene the special panel he appointed to investigate the 2007 shootings.

"While we appreciate the hard work of the Virginia Tech Review Panel, the report issued by the panel contains grave errors, misinformation, and glaring omissions," said the statement, signed by 65 survivors and family members. "We cannot accept that the Commonwealth allows it to stand with errors of any kind."

 Many family members of students who were killed or wounded by Cho said too many questions were raised about the report's accuracy after it was revealed last week that his mental health records, which Virginia Tech had long claimed were lost, had turned up in the home of the former director of the university's counseling center.

Suzanne Grimes, whose son, Kevin Sterne, was seriously wounded in the shootings, said family members want to be on the panel this time.

"We want to be on the panel to make sure the facts are correct," she said. "Because of the recent discoveries of Cho's records . . . it just gives us a clearer belief that there is other information that is either being hidden for a reason, or a clear coverup that we don't know about."

Col. Gerald Massengill, the former state police chief who chaired the review panel, said he would be willing to serve if Kaine reconvened it.

Grimes, whose son still carries one of the bullets Cho shot, said she and many other relatives of victims found numerous errors after combing through e-mails and other data that Virginia Tech disclosed as a result of the $11 million settlement most families accepted from the university.

Full report here: 
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/28/AR2009072801394_2.html?hpid=sec-education&sid=ST2009072201436

Another WP article reports:

Lucinda Roy, Cho's tutor, became so troubled by Cho's violent writing and his deep depression that she repeatedly urged him to seek counseling. She sent numerous e-mails to administration officials, counselors, police and others -- all now public in a university archive -- flagging his behavior and asking for help.

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Mental patients don't usually go from 20 to 120 mph like cars.  A psychotic crisis builds, and most tragedies like that of Cho Seung-Hui and Sgt. Russel are therefore avoidable if help is applied in time.  Because of restrictive laws, many families, co-workers, and neighbors are forced to watch a mentally ill person spirals out of control without any way of enforcing treatment.

Mary Neal
Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill
http://wrongfuldeathoflarryneal.com

 

 
 
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