Virginia Tech Criticized for Inaction

Two-hour lapse before warning draws outrage from students, parents
By Caroline Miller,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 17, 2007 8:36 AM CDT
Susan Hylton, left, hugs her daughter, Mary McFillin, both of Vienna, Va., Monday, April 16, 2007, after Hylton arrived on campus to pick up her daughter. McFillin, 19, is a student at Virginia Tech....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – As Virginia Tech prepares for today's memorial service for the 30 students  and two teachers killed in two shootings yesterday, the school faces mounting criticism for not doing more to alert the campus between the attacks. " "The university has blood on their hands because of their lack of action," one student said.

It took officials nearly two hours to send an email urging students to "be cautious." President Charles Steeger defended the decision, citing the difficulty of mobilizing the 11,000-student campus, and arguing that the first shooting had the makings of a domestic dispute. "We had no reason to suspect any other incident was going to occur," he told reporters.