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Virginia Tech President Should Resign or Be Fired

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O.K.  A guy that had been referred to mental health counseling, set a dorm room on fire and stalked women at Virginia Tech didn’t get any attention and he went nuts.  Some people share in the guilt here.  Who sold him the guns and ammo?  Who knew he was becoming more isolated and violent?

Now let’s discuss again the state of emergency preparedness on that campus.

Virginia Tech. I am getting angrier about that University President and Police Department.  They let the students and faculty down.  Who will explain to the wife of Liviu Librescu, who survived the Nazi Holocaust, that everything was done to protect his safety?

Some facts: Virginia Tech has 100 buildings. I can’t yet find the land area but it is big.

The student population is about 26,000. Faculty and staff 10,000 to 20,000 more.

29 Police Officers. Maybe 35 tops. My sources are “guarded.” No video security cameras. Someone told me the police did not patrol and were unarmed. I have not confirmed everything here but I am working on it.  They only responded to 911 calls. Drunks and fights and the like.

So two of these “Police Officers” go to a dorm room yesterday at 0715 responding to a 911 call and they find two dead students and they do not ALERT THE COMMUNITY? Unconscionable. Now they are on Fox News Channel saying you could never have alerted the community in time? As the Brits say: BALLS! (AMERICANS SAY BULL!)

TV and Radio? What if they had a tornado? On the student information web site, there is no “button” for “lock down.”  Under “emergency” they have one page that includes some police phone numbers.

There are Catholic seminaries and convents with better pre-planned emergency procedures.

I am incensed…..and they might get away with it. I hope the FBI does a complete review.

The Virginia Tech, Office of the President, 2006 - 2012 Strategic Plan Update, Executive Summary, says in part, “The university must enhance health, safety, and security operations to support its discovery, learning, and engagement endeavors. The development of university-wide emergency preparedness and hazard mitigation plans will help the university plan for major emergencies that threaten the health, safety, and security of the campus community.”

Our question remains: If “lock down” isn’t even a “button” on the Student Q & A system, where is the safety and security so loftily mentioned in the University President’s own documents?

Oh, and finally, the University petitioned a State Congress committee, I am told, to have the campus made “a gun free zone.”

Really great security environment…..

I mourn their loss. I weep for them. But it is time for some truth, honesty and accountability.

After two dead students were found at 0715: did any more have to die?

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