November 14, 2008
Virginia Tech Alert Fails First Trial
A warning system designed to alert students and faculty at Virginia Tech, scene of a 2007 massacre, failed in its first test, school officials say.
The alarm was sounded Thursday after a report of gunfire near a dormitory.
University spokesman Larry Hincker said police believe that exploding cartridges from a nail gun in a trash bin caused what sounded to be gunfire.
On April 16, 2007, a student gunman killed 32 people and himself at Virginia Tech, and injured more than 20 others in a rampage that began in a dorm and ended in a classroom building.
A state report concluded that lives could have been saved if the university had notified students after the initial dorm room shooting and had locked down the campus.