- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 8, 2009

BLACKSBURG, Va. — A $43 million lawsuit accuses Virginia Tech of negligence in its response to a warning that a student was suicidal.

According to the lawsuit, Daniel Kim committed suicide on Dec. 9, 2007, about a month after the university closed its review.

Kim’s parents, Elizabeth and William Kim of Reston, filed the lawsuit last week in Fairfax County Circuit Court.

The lawsuit claims the university didn’t contact Kim, his parents, roommates or professors after a friend sent an e-mail to the school’s health center saying the 21-year-old senior was suicidal.

The lawsuit says the school relied on a Blacksburg police officer’s assessment that Kim seemed OK.

Virginia Tech spokesman Larry Hincker said Tuesday the case is very sad, but he said the university thinks the facts are a bit different.

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