Va Tech appealing federal fines from '07 mass shooting

Va Tech appealing fed fines from '07 mass shooting


Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Tech will appeal $55,000 in federal fines levied against the school for the way it handled a 2007 mass shooting that killed 32 students and faculty members.

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli made the announcement Wednesday, two days before the appeal deadline.

The U.S. Department of Education imposed the fine in March after finding that Tech had violated federal law by waiting too long to notify the campus of a potential threat.

The fine was the maximum amount that could be levied. The April 16, 2007, shooting was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The shooter, student Seung-Hui Cho, killed himself.

Cuccinelli said the appeal's purpose is to ensure the Department of Education treats Virginia Tech fairly.

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