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Posted at 9:30 AM ET, 05/11/2010

McDonnell, Casteen to discuss slaying

By Washington Post editors


Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) will meet with the president of the University of Virginia Tuesday to discuss possible changes to the state law so school officials would be notified if a student is arrested.

The meeting comes at the request of UVa.'s president John T. Casteen and follows the arrest of a male lacrosse player from the university in connection with the death of fellow student Yeardley Love.

University officials have said that they were not aware that George Huguely, who has been charged in the beating death of Love, had been previously charged with an alcohol related offense off-campus.

McDonnell and Casteen are expected to meet at noon and will address the media afterward.

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By Washington Post editors  | May 11, 2010; 9:30 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  | Tags:  Bob McDonnell, Lacrosse, Murder, University of Virginia  
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School officials should DEFINITELY be notified if a student is arrested.

Posted by: postfan1 | May 11, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

School officials should definitely be notified if a boyfriend is "aggressive."

Posted by: kinkysr | May 11, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

I swear this murder seems to be getting more attention than the "mass murders" at Virginia Tech several years ago.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | May 11, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Well, no, I don't think it is getting more attention; I do think it is further indication of the acceptance of violence in the united states of america. And, I think it is ironically funny, that McDonnel is a hypocrite, he wants people to carry guns, concealed, in a bar. As long as you don't drink. Think Mr. Huguely would abstain? OK, just knock their head up against a wall; accident.

Posted by: linda_521 | May 11, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

so what if the university knew that Huguely had got into trouble for drinking before? would they of given him an escort when he went off campus to visit his girlfriend?
Someone has died, and I understand the feelings of needing to do something, to pass some law. But is this law the right law?
And if you think drinking is a problem now at state universities in virginia, just wait til mcdonnell shuts down all the ABC stores and anyone can sell liquor.

Posted by: MarilynManson | May 11, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Changing the state law is not going to solve the problems facing the University of Virginia. UV can address the problems facing the young people coming to the school by changing the climate under which the students live. One way is to assign each student a mentor from the upper class. The mentor should be someone who will guide the student through campus life. Also, the campus should establish an outlet of anonmity where the student can go to talk and receive advice about problems and situations. A privacy spot for problem solving without the whole campus knowing. Establish an anonmity hotline, where the students can call in and report incidents or just talk.

And finally, parenting is more than providing financial security for your child. The parents of Huguely knew that their son was capable of violent outbursts. Why do I say this, because they have witnessed and have been the subject to this bad behavior. It is not enough to give the child money and say go out and play, you must parent. Being a parent does not mean giving birth, then hiring a nanny to rise your child and when the child is old enough shipping them off to boarding school. This boy is an alcoholic and has been one for a long time. But because the parents were in denial and ashamed they never sort help for him. Now, because of their selfishness this young lady is dead.

Posted by: sun52shine | May 11, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

I was EXTREMELY ticked off when I read on another website that Gov. McDonnell is going to be meeting with President Casteen to discuss changes to this law. Not because of the law itself, but had this been "Bonequeesha Shoeneequa" from Virginia Union or "Maria Evita Latina" from John Tyler Community College, the killing would not have garnered this much attention nor would the governor and the president clear time on their schedules to discuss changing a law.

Don't get me wrong ... I am DEEPLY saddened over Yeardley's death. I am DEEPLY saddened when anyone is abused and living, and even moreso when someone is abused and they die.

But aside from her status, what makes her abuse and death any different than any other woman who has suffered the same fate?

Posted by: gitouttahere | May 11, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

I think it would be a good thing, however it comes about, that if you are convicted, and maybe even if you are arrested, for any violent behavior that you would not be eligible to play sports at a state run university, and if that means you lose your athletic scholarship, so what. Every year kids lose their academic scholarship for failure to maintain a grade point average. "Coddling" of athletes is a big reason why this kind of behavior never seems to be contained. So stop coddling athletes.

Posted by: rb63 | May 11, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Why does Casteen want to know if a student is arrested? So he can punish the student in some way?

At one time, in the United States, one was innocent until proven guilty.

Notify the colleges if a student is convicted, not after an arrest.

College presidents should not take on the roll of judge and jury.

Posted by: starbucks1 | May 12, 2010 7:01 AM | Report abuse

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