Virginia Tech faces lawsuit over student's suicide

Associated Press
Tuesday, December 8, 2009; 7:53 AM

A $43 million lawsuit accuses Virginia Tech of negligence in its response to a warning that a student was suicidal.

According to the lawsuit, Daniel Kim committed suicide on Dec. 9, 2007, about a month after the university closed its review.

Kim's parents, Elizabeth and William Kim of Reston, filed the lawsuit last week in Fairfax County Circuit Court.

The lawsuit claims the university didn't contact Kim, his parents, roommates or professors after a friend sent an e-mail to the school's health center saying the 21-year-old senior was suicidal.

The lawsuit says the school relied on a Blacksburg police officer's assessment that Kim seemed okay.

Virginia Tech spokesman Larry Hincker says the university regrets what happened.

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