The relatives of 20 students and faculty members killed during the Virginia Tech massacre met with Gov. Timothy M. Kaine to press their demands for a bigger role on the panel investigating the shootings and to raise concerns about how the university handled the incident. Kaine says he is committed to giving the parents "as much access to the panel as they want" but that he would not appoint a family member to the eight-member panel.
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EARLIER: Several members of the panel investigating the Virginia Tech massacre say they have concluded that law enforcement and university officials probably handled the initial response to the shootings appropriately, given the information that authorities had at the time. During the first meeting of the Virginia Tech Review Panel, the chairman and other members say they do not want their review to second-guess the first responders to the April 16 shooting, which left 33 people dead, including the shooter, Seung Hui Cho. Instead, the panel began outlining an agenda that will probably focus more on Cho, his access to weapons and the state's mental health system.
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