U.S. Fines Virginia Tech Over 2007 Shooting

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Virginia Tech shooter Cho Seung-Hui.
Virginia Tech shooter Cho Seung-Hui. Photo: Getty Images

The U.S. Department of Education was not happy with the way Virginia Tech handled the brutal 2007 shooting that occurred on its campus, and on Tuesday, it fined the school $55,000, the maximum amount allowable under federal law. Cho Seung-Hui began his killing spree by shooting two students at around 7:15 a.m. on the morning of April 16. He went on to kill an additional 30 students and faculty members before turning the gun on himself. The Department of Education charged that Virginia Tech failed to alert the campus immediately after the first two students were shot, and instead waited almost two full hours to make the attack known. The school has said it will appeal the fines.

US fines Virginia Tech $55,000 for improper handling of 2007 shooting rampage [NYP]