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Tom Mauser, whose 15-year-old son Daniel also died at Columbine, says his primary concern about the release of the Virginia Tech killer's videos was the timing. "Two days after this tragedy in Virginia, two days before the anniversary of Columbine—I think that was a terrible time to present this video," he says.

Before releasing the videos, Tom says NBC should have consulted with the public. "They are part of the community, and they have to be sensitive to what that does," he says. "We had a killer who had a manifesto, and NBC allowed itself to be used by that killer to broadcast that manifesto. Unfortunately, I think we do have to release materials like this, but there's a time. And I frankly think the world could have waited a while before getting this information."

Steve Capus, however, says NBC did not publish the manifesto but only small part of it—which probably thwarted the shooter's intentions. "He didn't get what he wanted, because we withheld so much of it," he says.

In releasing parts of the videos, Steve says the intention was to try to provide people with some answers behind the shootings—not to put the killer on a pedestal. "Our video was after the fact. There wasn't a glorification," Steve says. "In this man's twisted mind, the glorification came when he carried out these hateful acts. It wasn't the videotape that glorified it."
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FROM: The Virginia Tech Videotape Controversy
Published on January 01, 2006

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