CENTREVILLE, Va., October 31, 2013 – Our thoughts and prayers are with the families affected by today’s ruling. We continue to share their grief, and open our arms and hearts to them.

We draw strength knowing that the 32 innocent lives tragically lost were not in vain. Improvements to how colleges and universities across the country, post April 16, 2007, handle threat assessment and emergency response spurred by the tragedy have fundamentally improved campus safety. This is their living legacy.

Federal authorities have made it clear that existing law, the Jeanne Clery Act, required a more timely notice in the event of a very serious crime, such as when an unknown shooting suspect remains at-large. Additional requirements, championed by the VTV families and survivors, have expanded these protections even further. Institutions, including Virginia Tech, now often have mass notifications out to their entire campus within minutes rather than hours after any serious incident occurs.

More, however, remains to be done and the VTV Family Outreach Foundation is working with other victims, advocates, experts, students, professional organizations, as well as colleges and universities to make campuses safer.

About The VTV Family Outreach Foundation
The VTV Family Outreach Foundation (VTV) is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established by the families of the victims and survivors of the April 16, 2007 shooting tragedy at Virginia Tech. Determined to create a living legacy for all victims and survivors of school violence, VTV’s mission is to advocate for safer learning environments and assist in crisis outreach to communities affected by school and campus violence. Learn more at www.VTVfamilyfoundation.org.