Thursday morning, Virginia Tech officials released an alert about reports that a person with a gun was sighted on campus and that emergency personnel were responding.
“Obviously this campus experienced something pretty terrible four years ago,” Hincker told the crowd. “Regardless of what your intuition and your experience as a public safety officer tells you, you are really forced to issue an alert.”
Four years later, those shootings suddenly felt much too recent as we followed along. In context, the sheer amount of Virginia Tech coverage produced by the Post in 2007 is a testament to the magnitude of the tragedy. View stories that told us of bravery, fear and loss:
Today, no further reports of a person with a gun have been reported, and the campus alert was lifted. In March, the school paid a $50,000 fine when the federal government ruled the alert system had failed students during the 2007 shootings.