Virginia Tech Appeals Federal Fines From 2007 Shooting

After the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings that left 32 dead, the U.S. Department of Education fined the school $55,000 in March for failing to notify students and campus personnel about the danger in a timely manner.

Now, the Huffington Post reports, the Virgina attorney general filed an appeal, calling it “absolutely appalling” that the department found school officials had violated federal law as set forth in the Clery Act, which requires officials to notify the campus of threats. The AG said the department’s actions were “Monday morning quarterbacking at its very worst.”

He also had this to say:

“These federal bureaucrats have no problem harshly judging the decisions others had to make in a two-hour period of unimaginable crisis and stress. Yet in the comfort of their Washington offices, they take four years to arrive at a conclusion.”

A spokesman for the Department of Education responded “In the end, this is about keeping students safe and learning, which is a goal we all share.”

Virginia Tech Appealing Federal Fines From Mass Shooting [Huffington Post]