Virginia Tech did not violate federal law in its email response time that notified students of a shooting before a campus rampage that left 33 people dead, the worst mass shooting by a gunman in U.S. history, said an administrative judge’s ruling reported by the Los Angeles Times.
The Department of Education had fined the university $55,000 for waiting more than two hours after the first round of gunfire to send out an email warning students, teachers, and others to take cover. Judge Ernest Canellos said the university did not violate a law requiring timely warnings of safety threats, and overturned the fine. “Yes, the warning could have gone out sooner, and in hindsight, it is beyond regretful that it did not,'' he wrote. “If the later shootings [ ] had not occurred, it is doubtful that the timing of the email would have been perceived as too late.”