The panel closed the meeting and tour under provisions of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act that protect students’ privacy and briefings by law enforcement agencies. Reporters for several news organizations objected, saying it that it did not appear the grounds for closing the meeting were properly applied in this case.
“We want this process to be as public as we can make it,” W. Gerald Massengill, chairman of the panel, told reporters. “But I hope you understand there are certain sensitive materials that are allowed for within Virginia law.”
Massengill said the university made the decision to close the tour of West Ambler Johnston Hall, where the first two students were killed, and the classrooms of Norris Hall, where senior Seung-Hui Cho killed 25 more students and five faculty members before committing suicide.
Sigh. Hmm – I’m not sure how I feel about this. Thoughts?