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Virginia Tech Pays Clery Fines Related To 2007 Mass Shooting

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Students and members of the community line Washington Street, in front of Cassell Coliseum, on Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, in Blacksburg, Va., during the funeral of Virginia Tech police officer Deriek Crouse, who was killed Thursday on Virginia Tech's campus. The officer gunned down in a shooting that revived memories of the April 2007 massacre on campus was remembered at the funeral as a loving husband, father and dedicated public servant. (AP Photo/Rebecca Barnett, Pool) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Tech has paid federal fines for its actions on the morning of April 16, 2007, when a lone gunman killed 32 people on the school's campus.

The U.S. Department of Education said Wednesday the university has paid two fines totaling $32,500 for violations of the Clery Act, which requires universities to issue timely warnings of campus threats.

Student gunman Seung-Hui Cho (sung-wee joh) shot two at a dorm on the Blacksburg campus hours before his rampage at a classroom building. University officials have defended their decision to not alert the campus of the first shootings because police said that they were domestic in nature and that the broader campus was not at risk.

Tech officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.

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