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Fine overturned against VaTech over gunman warning

Federal judge overturns $55,000 fine against Virginia Tech over campus alert in 2007 shooting By The Associated Press

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) ' A U.S. Department of Education judge has overturned a federal fine imposed on Virginia Tech, saying the school did not violate the law in its response to the campus massacre that left 33 people dead in 2007.

Administrative Judge Ernest Canellos determined that the university's actions on April 16, 2007, didn't violate the Clery Act, which requires schools to issue timely warnings of campus threats. Virginia Tech had appealed a $55,000 fine issued by the Department of Education.

Virginia Tech officials said Friday they're satisfied by the decision overturning the ruling but that sadness remains about the slayings nearly five years ago.

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