RICHMOND, Va. —
Virginia’s public university and community college presidents are standing by Virginia Tech’s president, arguing he should have immunity from a civil action stemming from the 2007 massacre on his Blacksburg campus.
The 24 higher education leaders have filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the state Supreme Court. The court is expected to hear arguments this summer in a case that seeks to put Tech President Charles Steger on trial for his actions on the day 32 students and faculty were killed in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
In the court filing, the presidents argue that Steger is entitled to sovereign immunity and should be shielded from personal liability for the actions of a lone gunman, Seung-Hui Cho (sung-wee joh), who killed himself after the April 2007 killings.