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Auditing the Cost of the Virginia Tech Massacre

Auditing the Cost of the Virginia Tech Massacre

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Anthony Green and Donna Cooper examine the financial costs of this tragic spree killing and make recommendations for curbing gun violence.
Anthony Green and Donna Cooper examine the financial costs of this tragic spree killing and make recommendations for curbing gun violence.

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Published by: Center for American Progress on Apr 11, 2012
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Calculating the cost to the U.S. government

One-time costs

Total

$3,661,685

$3,661,685

Departments of the federal government made several grants to the university
to help it recover. Tese grants were embedded in Virginia Tech’s Freedom
of Information response and not double-counted in the $48.2 million total.53
Specifcally:

• Te U.S. Department of Justice, Ofce of Victims of Crime Services, provided a

$2.65 million grant to Virginia Tech to help it deal with the mental health issues
of students and others afected by the tragedy.54

• Te university received another grant from the U.S. Department of Justice of

$51,000 for the purchase of law enforcement hardware.55

Te U.S. Department of Education also awarded Virginia Tech a $960,685 grant to
help the university improve its eforts to identify and help troubled students and
staf. Te grant money was used to identify, treat, and monitor students, faculty, and
staf with mental health issues who may be a danger to themselves or others. In addi-
tion, the funds have been used to improve coordination of mental health services.56

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