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Appeals Court Holds Va. Tech School Not Negligent in Shooting Deaths


Posted on Nov 01, 2013

In a story that was reported on October 31, Virginia's Supreme Court held the school not negligent for the shooting deaths of several students. This appellate ruling reversed a verdict that held the school partially responsible for the shooting rampage that occurred at the Virginia Tech campus, and left 32 students dead.

The appellate court explained the rationale for its finding as follows:

There was no reason to expect the school or the state "to warn students of the potential for third party criminal acts," and "even assuming...a relevant special relationship under Virginia law, the evidence adduced did not give rise to warn of third party criminal acts."

Truth be told, a New York court probably would have reached the same result.

 


 

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