Remember the Warren v. District of Columbia court decision as well. The state is not obligated to protect you as an individual.
Plan and prepare accordingly.
ICHMOND, Va. — The state’s highest court on Thursday threw out a wrongful death verdict stemming from the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech, but the ruling won’t shake the heightened diligence on the nation’s campuses following the lone gunman’s rampage at Tech, campus safety advocates said.
The Virginia Supreme Court concluded that Tech administrators did not have a duty to warn students that a gunman remained at large after killing two people in a dormitory, and that they had no way to anticipate that he would go on to kill 30 more and himself.
“Thus, as a matter of law, the commonwealth did not have a duty to protect students against third party criminal acts,” the court wrote.
The state argued that law enforcement officials believed the first shootings were targeted, the result of a domestic dispute, and they concluded the larger campus wasn’t at risk. The justices concluded that university officials acted properly.
Andrew Goddard, whose son Colin was wounded at Tech, said he found the ruling upsetting, and he wondered whether universities would see an opening to relax safety measures.
“I think it certainly takes the pressure off universities,” he wrote in an email to The Associated Press. “I would hope that all future freshman orientations clearly spell out that, despite all the policy changes and advanced notification systems, the university actually has no ‘duty’ to use them. Let’s see how parents react to that.”
- Justices reverse Va. Tech massacre verdict (sfgate.com)
- State High Court Reverses Virginia Tech Massacre Verdict (washington.cbslocal.com)
- Virginia Supreme Court Reverses Award Against Virginia Tech From 2007 Shootings (jonathanturley.org)
- Court Voids Wrongful Death Verdict in Va. Tech Case (newser.com)
- Virginia Attorney General Office: Tech Gunman Bears Burden (huffingtonpost.com)
- Justices Reverse Va. Tech Massacre Verdict (abcnews.go.com)
- Virginia Tech Shooting Left ‘Living Legacy’ Of Campus Safety Changes (huffingtonpost.com)