In his radio address this morning, President Bush expressed sympathy for the friends and families of the victims of Monday’s deadly rampage at Virginia Tech University. "We mourn promising lives cut short," the President said. "We pray for the wounded. And we send our love to those who are hurting."
Bush talked about meeting with grieving parents and students at a memorial service in Blacksburg, VA. He also addressed the need for greater national focus on the issue of mental illness. "Our society continues to wrestle with the question of how to handle individuals whose mental health problems can make them a danger to themselves and to others," Bush said with regard to Seung-hui Cho, the gunman who shot 32 students and professors at Virginia Tech on April 16. Cho had a record of mental illness.
Bush pledged the federal government will help the Virginia Tech community and address the issues raised by the shootings.
"I’ve asked top officials at the Departments of Education, Justice, and Health and Human Services to provide the Virginia Tech community with whatever assistance we can, and to participate in a review of the broader questions raised by this tragedy," Bush said.