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Kaine responds to requests to reconvene Va. Tech panel

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Governor Tim Kaine is responding to requests to reconvene the Virginia Tech panel.

Today, his office sent an open letter to family members of victims of the Virginia Tech tragedy [See below].

The massacre is one of the topics of conversation at the governor's conference on campus preparedness. That just finished up at VCU in Richmond.

This letter is not necessarily the answer some Virginia Tech families are looking for. The governor says there are challenges to bringing back the panel because it was made up of volunteers.

The governor's office writes... "while we would not rule out inviting willing members of the panel to review proposed revisions to the report, we are sensitive that there are families who expressly do not want to reconvene."

The said after he addressed the conference governor -- he says there is a process in place to review some of these suggestions and make corrections.

"The most important thing is to get the facts right," Kaine said. "That's a commitment I made to the families last November and again we have the professional firm that originally did the work back looking at any improvements that may be needed to the factual narrative."

The governor is asking Virginia Tech families and anyone else who might have suggestions to submit them by August 19. The firm originally contracted on the report will review that new information.


Dear Families,

I am writing in response to your public statement requesting a reconvene of the Virginia Tech Review Panel chaired by Gerald Massengill. The Governor greatly appreciates the concerns you have raised and agrees it is of critical importance that there be as complete and accurate an accounting of the events on April 16, 2007 as is possible.

As you know, we committed to you last fall that we would take a look at any suggestions you-and others-have regarding corrections or revisions to the report issued by the Review Panel. We have a process in place to review these suggestions and have asked that submissions be made by August 19. We are engaging TriData, the independent professional staff that worked with the Panel on the original report, to review the suggested changes to the factual narrative and provide a report to the Governor. The recently recovered medical records for Seung Hui Cho will certainly be a part of that review.

There are challenges to reconvening the Review Panel, which was comprised of volunteers. While we would not rule out inviting willing members of the Panel to review proposed revisions to the report, we are sensitive that there are families who expressly do not want to reconvene the Panel. Our hope is that the current process for revisions will satisfy the need for a thorough report without upsetting families like your own any further.

We are deeply sympathetic to the feelings brought up by the recovery of Seung Hui Cho's medical records and we appreciate your willingness to work with us on these issues. We welcome your thoughts and concerns as we move forward in this endeavor.

Mark Rubin
Counselor to Governor Kaine

 

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