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A HIGH-SCHOOL teacher in the US is suing for the right to take a gun into the classroom for personal protection, clashing with anti-gun advocates fighting to rid US schools of weapons.
UNIVERSITY officials at Virginia Tech could have saved lives had they more promptly warned students that a gunman was loose in the United States' deadliest campus massacre earlier this year, a new report concluded yesterday.
TEACHERS at a United States school have been criticised for staging a fake gun attack during a class trip.
THE Virginia Tech gunman fired more than 170 rounds in nine minutes of his rampage, police revealed last night.
THOUSANDS of Virginia Tech students and faculty members filled the centre of campus yesterday to pay tribute to the victims of last week's massacre - pausing in two moments of silence for the 32 people killed by a student gunman.
VIRGINIA Tech gunman Cho Seung-Hui fired enough shots to wound his 32 victims more than 100 times before killing himself with a bullet to his head, the local assistant medical examiner said yesterday. Many of the victims had defensive wounds, indicating they tried to shield themselves from Cho's fire.
WHEN A former Miss America was confronted by a thief in her Kentucky barn last week, the plucky 82-year-old knew just how to react. Venus Ramey, whose figure adorned Second World War B52 bombers, pulled out her .38 calibre handgun, leaned on her walking frame to steady her aim and coolly shot out the tyres of the startled intruder's getaway vehicle. She then held him at gunpoint, flagged down a motorist to raise the alarm and calmly waited until the sheriff arrived.
THE macabre photos of Cho Seung-Hui tooled up shortly before he set out on his killing spree have whipped up a storm of protest in the US. But their publication serves a higher purpose than satisfying the morbid curiosity of voyeurs; more powerfully even than the documentary film Bowling For Columbine, it gives the lie to the US gun lobby's insistence that the country's infatuation with guns has no bearing on its many campus massacres.
HIS body wrapped in a prayer shawl, and with his two sons intoning the Jewish prayer for the dead, Liviu Librescu, 76, was laid to rest yesterday.
LUNCH in Williamsburg, Virginia, last Monday was shorter than would otherwise have been the case.
A gunman killed a hostage and shot himself in the head after entering NASA's Johnson Space Centre in Texas yesterday. A female hostage was tied up with duct tape was unharmed.
THE family of university campus killer Cho Seung-Hui said today he "deserved to die".
THE Virginia Tech killer compared himself to Jesus Christ and said he died to inspire generations of "weak and defenceless people".
THE Virginia Tech gunman paused in the midst of his deadly shooting spree to post a "multimedia manifesto" to a American television network.
A PROFESSOR who taught the Virginia Tech gunman today claimed she had warned university authorities repeatedly about his behaviour.
TOASTING my toes by the log fire in Jodi Picoult's kitchen, while the snow outside lays, if not deep, certainly crisp and even, is like being in an archetypally wholesome version of the American Dream.
EXCEPT on football Saturdays in the autumn, Blacksburg is a sleepy place, nestled in the picturesque Blue Ridge mountains in south-west Virginia, hard by the North Carolina border. Yesterday, it seemed as though everyone was expressing surprise that such a tragedy could happen here. What else could they say? The horror of Norris Hall has no rational explanation. "Surreal" was a word you could hear all over Blacksburg.
OFFICIALS at Virginia Tech were yesterday accused of having "blood on their hands" over the two-hour delay in warning students a gunman was on the loose.