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Va. Tech gunman's counseling records aired

Aug. 20, 2009 at 10:17 AM   |   Comments

BLACKSBURG, Va., Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Officials released the once-missing mental health files of the Virginia Tech student who opened fire on campus two years ago, killing 32 people and himself.

The records, found at the home of the college counseling center's former director, include all interactions between Cho Seung-Hui and the school's Cook Counseling Center during November and December 2005, CNN reported Thursday.

The attorney for former director Robert Miller said the files were mistakenly taken from the center when Miller left his job.

The records detail phone evaluations by the counseling center on Nov. 30, 2005, and Dec. 12, 2005. Cho was evaluated in person after he was released from a mental health facility Dec. 14, 2005.

The evaluations showed Cho "explicitly denied any intent to hurt himself or others and there was no

evidence to the contrary," Virginia Tech said in a statement.

Cho neither called nor returned to the Cook Counseling Center, the statement said, "and more than a year elapsed between the time he was evaluated by counseling center professionals and the tragic events of April 2007."

Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine said last month the files were discovered at Miller's home as part of a civil lawsuit, CNN said. He said the Cho family agreed Wednesday to requests to make the records public.

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