More Scrutiny on Mental Health at Virginia Tech

February 8, 2016

Virginia Tech is again facing scrutiny on the way it provides mental health services to students. In 2007, many raised questions about missed clues that Seung-Hui Cho, a student who murdered 32 people and then killed himself, was a danger to himself and others. Now Natalie Keepers, a freshman who is charged with helping another freshman dispose of the body of a 13-year-old girl he murdered, is suggesting she didn't receive appropriate care, The Washington Post reported. Her lawyers said in court that she faced mental health issues in high school and that she sought treatment at Virginia Tech when she enrolled in the fall. She says Virginia Tech counselors told her she no longer needed treatment in December, two months before the killing.

A Virginia Tech spokeswoman said she couldn't comment on the specifics of Keepers's claim, but that it is common practice “to have an ongoing dialogue between a doctor and a patient to determine a course of action.”

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