Justices Reverse VT Wrongful Death Verdict Against State

Oct 31, 2013

The Virginia Supreme Court has reversed a wrongful death verdict stemming from the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech, which killed 32 people.

The Justices ruled officials at Virginia Tech could not have reasonably foreseen that a shooter who killed two on campus would go on to massacre another thirty.  Parents of two students killed in the second shooting, sued the state, arguing officials should have put out a campus wide alert.  Virginia Tech associate Vice President for University Relations Larry Hincker says that while the ruling can never reverse the loss of life, the cause was ‘easy access to powerful killing weapons by a troubled young man.’

The families who sued the state did not join in the eleven million dollar settlement the university made with the families of the other victims.