In a written statement following the decision in the Pryde and Peterson lawsuit, Virginia Tech officials expressed disappointment, calling the shootings "an unprecedented act of violence that no one could have foreseen." The state attorney general's office issued a similar statement, saying, in part: "Only with hindsight can one conclude that Cho's unprecedented acts were foreseeable."
The university's president, Charles W. Steger, wrote a letter to faculty and staff. "We stand by our long-held position that the administration and law enforcement at Virginia Tech did their absolute best with the information available," he said, echoing the university's defense in state and federal investigations. He suggested that Virginia Tech would appeal the verdict. Both the statement and the letter are simply not true. If a faculty member threatens to resign because she is afraid for her safety as well as the safety of her students, how can school officials say they saw no potential for violence? Such an assertion is glossing over blatant malfeasance by those bent on deceit and covering up the abysmal, mediocre leadership Virginia Tech officials demonstrated on April 16, 2007. (To be continued)