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VT staff’s families told first about killer

BLACKSBURG (AP) — New details on the response to the first shootings of what would become the Virginia Tech massacre show that at least two administrators alerted their family members well before the rest of the campus was notified that a gunman was on the loose.
The revised state report released Friday also revealed that garbage collection on campus was canceled before students and staff were notified of the danger, and the family of an injured victim wasn’t notified until she died hours later.
The new details about the university’s response from the time the first victims were found to when they alerted the campus brought angry reactions and questions from some victims’ families about leadership during the 2007 massacre that ended with 33 people dead.
Dennis Bluhm, whose son was killed in the rampage, laid the blame on President Charles Steger, who has faced calls to resign from Bluhm and other families.
"He’s got to live with himself," Bluhm said. "If he’s got any heart at all, and I’m not sure he does, he’s got a long life to live with this on his brain."
The report adds to the long list of apparent missteps by university officials before, during and after the rampage by Seung-Hui Cho.
The mentally ill student shot two students to death in the dorm, then three hours later chained the doors of a classroom building and killed 30 more people before committing suicide.

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VT staff’s families told first about killer

BLACKSBURG (AP) — New details on the response to the first shootings of what would become the Virginia Tech massacre show that at least two administrators alerted their family members well before the rest of the campus was notified that a gunman was on the loose.
The revised state report released Friday also revealed that garbage collection on campus was canceled before students and staff were notified of the danger, and the family of an injured victim wasn’t notified until she died hours later.
The new details about the university’s response from the time the first victims were found to when they alerted the campus brought angry reactions and questions from some victims’ families about leadership during the 2007 massacre that ended with 33 people dead.
Dennis Bluhm, whose son was killed in the rampage, laid the blame on President Charles Steger, who has faced calls to resign from Bluhm and other families.
"He’s got to live with himself," Bluhm said. "If he’s got any heart at all, and I’m not sure he does, he’s got a long life to live with this on his brain."
The report adds to the long list of apparent missteps by university officials before, during and after the rampage by Seung-Hui Cho.
The mentally ill student shot two students to death in the dorm, then three hours later chained the doors of a classroom building and killed 30 more people before committing suicide.

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