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Mental Health Experts Say Va. Tech Shootings May Not Have Been Preventable

Mental Health Experts Say Va. Tech Shootings May Not Have Been Preventable



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Mary Richards, KSL Newsradio Mental health experts say nothing may have prevented the Virginia Tech shooter from doing what he did. It's a hot topic at a mental health conference going on today in Salt Lake City.

Pscyhologists say it's natural for people to try to find a cause for something like the Virginia Tech shootings. But Scott Lilienfeld, associate professor of psychology at Emery University in Atlanta, says you can't predict people's actions. "There are a lot of troubled people out there who are odd, loners or angry. And often times there are not clear warning signs," Lilienfeld said.

Others here say maybe the warning signs were there at Virginia Tech, but even with the help he got, the shooter still made his own choices. They say it's a tragedy in an unpredictable, tragic world.

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