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Experts Respond to Questions About Virginia Tech Security

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BLACKSBURG, Va. - Security experts are raising questions about the way Virginia Tech handled today's campus shootings that killed 32 victims, plus the gunman.

On a university campus of 26-hundred acres, with more than 26-thousand students, ironclad security is admittedly not a practical goal. 

Still, the experts wonder: Why were campus police so sure the threat was contained in one dormitory, when most of the killings happened two hours later in a classroom building?  Why did they think the assailant might have left the campus after those initial shootings? Why was there a lag of more than two hours after the first shootings before an alarm was e-mailed campuswide? And more generally, some security experts wonder, was the school's crisis planning and emergency communications system up to the task?

Virginia Tech President Charles Steger defended the university's response. He said: "You can only make a decision based on the information you know at that moment in time. You don't have hours to reflect on it."

School safety specialist William Lassiter says it would be difficult to offer complete security on a college campus.

School safety specialist William Lassiter says ultimately other students are the first line of defense in preventing an incident like this.

School security consultant Kenneth Trump says unlike K through 12 schools, colleges are vast areas that are almost impossible to completely secure.

Florida State University Police Chief David Perry says he encourages people at his school to be observant and report any suspicious behavior.