Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

March 12, 2013

Parents of 2 slain at Va. Tech appeal to justices


Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. — Attorneys for the families of two Virginia Tech students killed in an April 2007 campus massacre are renewing their bid to put on trial the university’s president.

The attorneys are seeking a full state Supreme Court hearing on their quest to bring President Charles Steger (STEE’-gur) to trial for negligence in the deaths of Erin Nicole Peterson and Julian K. Pryde. A three-judge writ panel denied that request in February.

The attorneys argue both women might have survived the slaughter by Seung-Hui Cho (sung-wee joh) if Steger and other officials didn’t delay alerting the Blacksburg community of the first two shootings on campus on April 16, 2007.

Before Cho killed himself, he had slain 32 students and faculty in the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history.