Kaine responds to requests to reconvene Va. Tech panel

By Laura Geller - bio | email
Posted by Phil Riggan - email

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,

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