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The state Supreme Court finds the commonwealth blameless in the Virginia Tech massacre.
The justices found that "[b]ased on the limited information available to the Commonwealth prior to the shootings in Norris Hall, it cannot be said that it was known or reasonably foreseeable that students in Norris Hall would fall victim to criminal harm."
Others have disagreed: The Virginia Tech Review Panel found that campus administrators may have erred in relying on police assumptions that the initial shootings were domestic and failing to warn students. Likewise, the federal Department of Education fined the university $55,000 for not alerting students quickly enough.
But the bottom line is that Tech officials operated based on what they knew at the time. Nothing will bring Cho's 32 victims back to life, nor restore wholeness to the 18 others he wounded. The victims' families and all who love Tech will hurt forever because of April 16, 2007.
We've learned much from the terrible Tech tragedy: Never again will a campus shooting be presumed to be a simple domestic assault. The unimaginable has become the conceivable; of that we're now well aware.