City Paper is not for tourists
Virginia Tech has some more explaining to do. More than two years after Seung Hui Cho went on his murderous rampage across the school’s sprawling campus, the Post is reporting that his mental-health records from Tech’s counseling center have been found.
The new records contradict Virginia Tech’s old narrative of events. The records appear to suggest that Cho received far more counseling at the university than had been previously reported. How the records disappeared is now being investigated as a criminal matter.
The Post writes:
“According to a memo written by a university lawyer and obtained by The Washington Post, the former director, Robert Miller, had moved the records into his home more than a year before the April 16, 2007, massacre, during which Cho also took his own life.
Word the records had been found first came from Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine during a Wednesday morning news conference. Kaine said only that missing mental health records were located at the home of a former employee of the college’s counseling center.
Kaine said a criminal investigation is underway to determine how the employee was able to take the records and why the documents were not uncovered during state investigations following the shooting.”
The records only came to light because of scrutiny from two remaining civil lawsuits filed by victims’ families. The other families that had settled their cases had been informed that the records were simply missing. Not so.
This is an instance where the persistence of the two families really has paid off. No amount of state money will bring back their loved ones. But at least they can be comforted by the fact that now Tech has to explain the missing records and what those records say about the school’s mental health care.