BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — The president of Virginia Tech says the Florida high school where a gunman is accused of fatally shooting 17 people helped his university heal after its own deadly campus shooting over a decade ago.
President Timothy Sands tweeted a link Friday to Virginia Tech's condolence archive , which catalogs the items it received after a gunman fatally shot 32 people in 2007. Among them is a handmade book from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Sands says, "We will never forget that you helped us to heal."
With heavy hearts, the @virginia_tech community embraces the students, teachers, staff, families, and community of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. We will never forget that you helped us to heal - https://t.co/VHIyEsolPo - and we will always be here for you.— Timothy D Sands (@VTSandsman) February 16, 2018
The shooting at Virginia Tech was, at the time, the deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history.
Authorities say a 19-year-old who'd been expelled from the Florida school opened fire there Wednesday, killing 17 people and wounding more than a dozen others.