On Campus, Doubts About Counseling and Media
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There were more tough questions today for Virginia Tech administrators about whether they should have known that Seung-Hui Cho was mentally unstable and dangerous. Back in the winter of 2005, Cho was accused of stalking two women and then was admitted to a mental health facility.
NORRIS: We have several reports in this portion of the program, including the latest on the crime scene investigation. We begin our coverage with NPR's Jeff Brady in Blacksburg, Virginia.
JEFF BRADY: At today's news conference on campus, reporters pushed hard. The strain began to show in the voice of Christopher Flynn; he directs the campus counseling center.
CHRISTOPHER FLYNN: Every mental health provider that I know works extremely hard to make sure that this does not happen. So I know that I would do any thing I could to prevent this. And every mental health practitioner who ever worked with Mr. Cho would have done anything they could to prevent this.
BRADY: Still, questions remain about whether the university and mental health providers did enough. The school's associate vice president for student affairs, Ed Spencer, says Virginia Tech employees followed procedures in handling stalking complaints against Cho. And beyond that, Spencer says, Cho had five on-campus roommates.
ED SPENCER: And none of them expressed any concern to us of any violence, danger or whatever.
BRADY: One of those roommates, Karan Grewal, was asked by a reporter if he wishes he had done something?
KARAN GREWAL: I'm just scared to think that maybe if I would have (unintelligible) it would make him angrier and reacted against us.
BRADY: Some families of victims cancelled their appearances on NBC's "Today Show" this morning in protest. The network says its decision was not taken lightly and that the videos provided an important look into the mind of a killer. Steve Flaherty with the Virginia State Police says the contents of the package Cho mailed to NBC on Monday morning should have been kept from the world.
STEVE FLAHERTY: Sorry that you're all exposed to these images.
BRADY: Flaherty says this is the kind of thing only investigators should have to look at. A day later, police have had a chance to closely examine the video, photos and writings that Flaherty says there isn't much that's useful.
FLAHERTY: And while there were some marginal value to the package that were received, the fact of the matter is we already hade most all of these information.
BRADY: Jeff Brady, NPR News, Blacksburg, Virginia.
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