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While they are united in celebrating their daughter's achievements, Tony and Holly disagree on the release of the Virginia Tech gunman's videos.

Tony believes that instead of spending airtime on the shooter, he would rather celebrate the lives of the victims. "I want this period of time, at least for right now, to be a focus on my daughter and her achievements and those of all the other kids," Tony says. "These were fabulous—all of them, as well as the professors—they were just outstanding individuals, and just very multifaceted and just quality human beings. My initial reaction was I didn't want anything to detract from that."

On the other hand, Holly says she was grateful she had the chance to see the images of the gunman. "I was actually glad I got to put a name to the blame, to the shame of the whole event, and then a face to that name so that at least I could focus on the enemy here," she says. "People have a tendency to blame themselves—you know, 'We didn't do enough. We weren't good parents.' That's not the case. The case is that there was one sick individual, and I was glad to be able to identify that individual."

Holly also hopes that the videos will help prevent future tragedies. "I think by releasing some of the documentation that NBC had chosen to release to the public and to the public domain, so to speak, that they are giving teachers across the country and other people, or counselors, some kind of an idea of what the symptoms were so that they'll be maybe less intimidated the next time it comes across their desk, to make a report to get the student mental help."
FROM: The Virginia Tech Videotape Controversy
Published on January 01, 2006


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