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You may notice a variety of topics here - from business, to charity promotion, even to local news, but the primary reason this blog was created was to alert readers to the hostile atmosphere and sexual harassment at The Danville Register & Bee. The readers and creator of this blog want a FULL FRONT PAGE apology in the Danville Register & Bee, plus the disciplining of those individuals involved. Until then, we'll continue to post regular updates. To tolerate THIS kind of behavior by a major media network is intolerable. And this isn't just ONE instance. Media General has been sued nationwide for racism and sexism, yet they CONTINUE to keep the offenders employed. Why? And why am I doing this? TRUTH compels me.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

VT raking in $$ over student slayings...

Virginia Tech, local money god to many businesses, has a darker side. The university so dear to many seems to be celebrating the money they've made (even holding a black-tie gala celebration!!) This was in the New York Post. Will we see it in The Danville Register & Bee??

June 30, 2008 --

FOURTEEN months have passed since Michael Pohle's oldest son was gunned down in the Virginia Tech massacre.

More than a year of unimaginable grief and pain. And now - improbably - something worse.

The university has profited handsomely from the deaths of 32 innocents, the father believes. All were slaughtered by Seung-Hui Cho, a known maniac to whom Virginia Tech honchos gave carte blanche to roam the campus.

But while families were grieving, the university was padding its bottom line. This is the discovery of Pohle and other parents, who held funerals when they should have celebrated graduations.

"This just makes us furious," said Pohle, who lives in Flemington, NJ. "I'm absolutely convinced in my heart that a well-orchestrated plan was going on."

In the days following the death of Michael Pohle Jr., the father learned his boy teamed up with Derek O'Dell. As I reported last year, they used their bodies to block the door to prevent the madman from re-entering their class. O'Dell survived. Michael Jr. did not.

Still in a state of shock, Pohle, as well as most families who lost loved ones on April 16, 2007, - which some consider Virginia's 9/11 - were pressured to partake in two financial giveaways. First, Virginia Tech handed out some $8 million donated by generous citizens. The average family got about $208,000.

Earlier this month, the state of Virginia gave out about $100,000 apiece. Pohle said he agreed to it only because the settlement guaranteed medical care to the gravely injured.

But now that the university has moved on, Pohle has learned the college has been raking it in.

On Oct. 20, 2007, six months after blood soaked the campus, Virginia Tech quietly held a gala black-tie fund-raiser.

All told, Virginia Tech raised some $111 million in the seven months following the massacre - compared with less than $40 million annually in the five years before.

"There's no question that huge jump in donations was as a result of that tragedy," said Peter Grenier, a lawyer who helped negotiate the Virginia settlement.

Virginia Tech acknowledges fund-raising is up, but denies the college asked for it.

"In light of the tragedy that occurred, many people turned their attention to Virginia Tech," said col lege spokesman Mark Owczarski. "Virginia Tech has never and will never solicit funds in terms of leveraging the tragedy in any way, shape or form."

What disturbs Pohle is the abrupt way the college stopped earmarking money for the families, who had until Sept. 15 to apply for money.

Within weeks, Tech held its gala.

"What I am questioning is, what level of planning went into this? We hadn't even had the one-year anniversary!"

Pohle insists he's not looking for more money. He wants answers.

Only then will a family who lost their beloved son find peace.


1 comment:

Gabriel said...

Lighten up on VT. The school has to take money where it can find it. How else can teachers and coaches be properly paid? VT has paid a big price for letting that nut run loose and murder 31 people. We shouldn't begrudge them a few bucks in benefits.