04/20/2007

Va. Tech officials tell why shooter allowed back on campus

The San Francisco Chronicle

Blacksburg, Va. - Officials at Virginia Tech defended on Thursday their decision to allow the gunman in Monday's rampage to return to campus after he was released from a psychiatric facility, even though they were aware of his troubled mental history and potential for violence.

Cho Seung-Hui, 23, the student who killed himself and 32 others, received outpatient psychiatric care ordered for him after he was involuntarily hospitalized and reportedly suicidal in late 2005.

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