March 15, 2012
A Virginia jury yesterday ruled in favor of the parents of two Virginia Tech students who filed wrongful death lawsuits against the school after their daughters were brutally murdered during the campus shootings in April 2007. According to WSLS 10 News, the parents were seeking $100,000 in damages.
On that spring morning nearly five years ago, the gunman shot victims in a dormitory on the campus. Police and school officials originally believed the shooting was domestic in nature and not a threat to other students on campus.
Meanwhile, the shooter moved to another campus building and began his spree that became the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. School officials waited two hours and 15 minutes after the first shots were fired to warn students of the danger.
The parent’s lawsuit contended that the school waited too long to warn students, and that their daughters may still be alive today if warnings had been issued sooner.
After hearing the verdict, lawyers for the parents stated they will ask the governor to waive the $100,000 cap on the judgment. They added that if the governor won’t do it, they will find a state senator or representative who will propose it to be waived during the next legislative session.