2 Va. Tech Victim Families File $10M Negligence Claim

FAIRFAX, Va.
Published: April 16, 2009

The families of two students slain in the Virginia Tech University shooting are suing the state, the school and its counseling center, several top university officials and a local mental health agency, claiming gross negligence.

The families are seeking $10 million after rejecting an $11 million settlement with the state in June, 2008. The estate of gunman Seung-Hui Cho is also named as a defendant in the lawsuit, according to Fox News. Cho was named a defendant on the last day before the statute of limitations had expired.

The lawsuits, which claims Va. Tech failed to protect its students and is directly liable for gross negligence. The lawsuits further accuse Va. Tech of trying to cover up the beginning of the shooting spree rather than warn students of the gunman on campus, according to news reports.

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