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Kilmarnock author publishes book on Virginia Tech massacre


David Cariens Jr.’s new book, “Virginia Tech: Make Sure It Doesn’t Get Out,” is due to be published on March 4 by Amazon Createspace.

Cariens, of Kilmarnock, is a retired CIA officer who currently teaches intelligence analysis and writing in the U.S. and abroad. He is the author of “A Question of Accountability: The Murder of Angela Dales”—an examination of the shooting at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, and a textbook, “Critical Thinking Through Writing: Intelligence and Crime Analysis.” He contributed to the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Agency’s Criminal Intelligence for the 21st Century.

“Virginia Tech: Make Sure It Doesn’t Get Out” details the multiplicity of causes that led to one of this nation’s worst school shootings—pointing out the incompetence on the part of people in positions of power: broken communications, failure to follow pre-approved emergency procedures, and how misunderstandings of the privacy laws allowed people in positions of authority to ignore the killer’s warning signs.

Cariens said his book illustrates how the age-old argument, “no one can be responsible for when or how others will act,” is tantamount to cowardice and, in some cases, a shameful willingness to exploit and manipulate a tragedy for personal or ideological reasons.

For the first time 11 Virginia Tech families tell their stories in one place. A first-hand account of the shooting is given from a survivor of the massacre. In addition, several families speak candidly about their experiences in dealing with the Virginia Tech shooting and its aftermath.

“The book explains that the road to recovery starts with the recognition that the shooter’s rampage could have been prevented,” said Cariens. “Indeed, the first step in moving on from the loss of life on April 16, 2007 is to understand that we will never fully recover because the Virginia Tech massacre was preventable.”

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 02.26.2014

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