School Safety

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It’s been eight years since a disturbed student went on a shooting spree at Virginia Tech, killing 32 people before taking his own life.  Since then, colleges and universities have made significant changes to prevent future tragedies.  

Since the shootings at Virginia Tech, a cottage industry has sprung up around campus security.  

“These are challenging times for colleges and universities. Crime on campus is more concerning than ever, tragic shootings, student suicides, injuries, suspicious behaviors, concerning events are coming from every direction.”

Office of the Governor

Governor McDonnell has left a somber message with hundreds of high school students about their roles in preventing tragedies such as the Sandy Hook and Virginia Tech shootings.  

He also said he believes there could be a correlation between students who may seem socially inept in their teen years and those who pose risks to society later. 

That's one reason why he's asking students to be mindful of their surroundings and vigilant in their day-to-day activities.

 

State Police continue their investigation of a crash that claimed the life of one Washington and Lee University student and injured seven others. 

Three remain in the hospital, and the university held a vigil Tuesday evening.

The tragedy occurred on a rural road outside Lexington.

“Around 1:30 this morning, on Turkey Hill Road, which is in Rockbridge County, a 2006 Tahoe was traveling southbound when the vehicle ran off the left side of the roadway, hit a tree stump and overturned," said Sgt. Robert Carpentieri.

National Campus Safety Center

Apr 16, 2013

Virginia Senator Mark Warner marked the anniversary of the Virginia Tech tragedy with a speech on the senate floor.

He said the gun control legislation debated in the Senate includes his proposal to set up a National Campus Safety Center—to make colleges and university campuses safer nationwide.

Warner says the Center would provide colleges, universities and non-profit organizations with one-stop resources for research, grants and planning and training initiatives.


 

Remembering the Virginia Tech Tragedy

Apr 16, 2013
Photo Credit: Virginia Tech

A remembrance ceremony on the grounds of Capitol Square  marked the 6th anniversary of the Virginia Tech shootings. 

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