Role of FBI at Virginia
The FBI's role in the aftermath of the April
16 shootings on the campus of Virginia Tech
in Blacksburg, Virginia is to support the
investigations of local law enforcement agencies.
lead investigative agencies for the shooting
at Virginia Tech are the Virginia Tech Police
and the Virginia State Police," FBI spokesman
Rich Kolko said on Monday. "The FBI is
responding in an assistance role only. There
is no indication that this is an act of terrorism;
however every avenue will be investigated."
General information on school shootings:
Our Criminal Justice Information Services
division recently issued a synopsis of crime
in schools and colleges, which is based
on data reported to our Uniform Crime Reporting
Program. The study, which has not yet been
released, covers the five-year period from
2000 to 2004. The objective of the study
was to examine the characteristics of offenders
and arrestees involved in crimes at schools
FBI behavioral analyst Supervisory Special
Agent Mary Ellen O'Toole last fall offered
insights into school shootings. Read
The White House last September convened
on School Safety. The resources deal
with helping schools and communities prepare
for and prevent school violence and cope
with and respond to instances of violence.
The list also includes statistics and research
on school safety.
The National Center for Education Statistics
of School Crime and Safety 2006"
report covers topics such as victimization,
fights, bullying, disorder, weapons, student
perceptions of school safety, teacher injury,
and drugs and alcohol. Indicators of crime
and safety are compared across different
population subgroups and over time.
with information that may be helpful to investigators
of the Virginia Tech shootings can submit
a tip electronically on this website or
contact your local
FBI office or the police agencies investigating