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4/19/07

Why Cho was allowed on campus after mental health officials deemed him a Danger

ONE OF THE BIG QUESTIONS IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE VIRGINIA TECH SHOOTINGS IS WHY
WAS THE GUNMAN ALLOWED TO RETURN TO SCHOOL AFTER HE WAS DEEMED A DANGER BY
MENTAL HEALTH OFFICIALS.

BUT AS JIM ACOSTA REPORTS, A TOP SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR SAYS IT WAS THOSE MENTAL
HEALTH OFFICIALS WHO GAVE CHO THE GREEN LIGHT.

VIRGINIA TECH'S HIGHEST RANKING OFFICIAL TRACKING STUDENT BEHAVIOR -- EDWARD
SPENCER -- REJECTS THE NOTION THAT UNIVERSITY AUTHORITIES SHOULD HAVE CONNECTED
THE DOTS AND EXPELLED CHO WHEN THEY HAD THE CHANCE.

TWO YEARS BEFORE THE MASSACRE AND THIS CHILLING CONFESSION TAPE... CHO HAD
REPEATED RUN-INS WITH CAMPUS POLICE.

TWO FEMALE STUDENTS ACCUSED CHO OF HARASSMENT BUT DIDN'T FILE CHARGES; A
PROFESSOR WARNED OF CHO'S DISTURBING WRITINGS AND ONE OF CHO'S ROOMMATES
REPORTED TO POLICE THE KOREAN STUDENT WAS SUICIDAL.

AFTER POLICE ASKED CHO TO SEEK COUNSELING... STATE MENTAL HEALTH AUTHORITIES
DECLARED THE STUDENT WAS "AN IMMINENT DANGER."

BUT SPENCER REVEALED TO US WHY CHO WAS LATER CLEARED TO GO BACK TO CLASS.

"The mental health agency does not release that person unless they feel that
person is not or no longer a danger to others. Jim: and you think that's what
happened here? Absolutely."You have to trust the judgment of the mental health
professionals who have made that decision."

IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE MASSACRE, SOME LAW ENFORCEMENT EXPERTS SAY NOW IS THE
TIME TO GET MORE AGGRESSIVE WITH TROUBLED STUDENTS.

"I firmly believe that we have to redefine law enforcement, in the sense of our
lives and constitution. So that we can handle modern-day crimes such as today.
We're no longer living in the early 1900's and we've got to face these types
of issues."

"It's tempting. But at the same time we live in the united states and we enjoy
freedoms. One of the freedoms we enjoy is to be different, to be weird, to be
quiet. And do we want to do away with those rights? Probably not."

EDWARD SPENCER WON'T SAY WHY TECH'S JUDICIAL AFFAIRS BOARDA COUNCIL HE OVERSEES
DIDN'T EXPEL CHO SAYING THE GUNMAN'S SCHOOL FILES WILL REMAIN PRIVATE FOR NOW
EVEN THOUGH HE'S DEAD.

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