Paper Says Some Details Of VA Tech Murders Will Remain Secret


Some of the deepest secrets about Seung-Hui Cho’s killing rampage at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007, may never be made public, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Disclosure of the essential facts of the tragedy in a public archive was a key part of a settlement last month with victims’ families, reached after the university released thousands of pages of internal documents to their lawyers. But a review of an estimated 20,000 pages of those documents, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, found almost nothing about key issues the families wanted to be made public.

That includes notes of the university’s senior officials from the emergency meeting of the Policy Group that morning, spokesman Larry Hincker said. Virginia Tech also will not release a cardboard box’s worth of records about Cho, including his professors’ notes and e-mails expressing concerns about him and seeking help for him. However, Hincker said e-mails to and from 150 university administrators and faculty will for the first time be disclosed in the archive, giving the public a behind-the-scenes glimpse at how Tech officials responded to the unfolding crisis. The documents will be part of its archive on the events of April 16, 2007.


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