Judge: Parts of Va. Tech lawsuit can go forward

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CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) — A judge in Virginia says parts of a $10 million lawsuit filed by the families of two students slain in the mass shootings at Virginia Tech can go forward.

Visiting Circuit Court Judge William Alexander says the families of Julia Pryde and Erin Peterson alleged enough facts about gross negligence by the university, president Charles Steger and a former executive vice president to proceed. He also ruled cases against three employees of Virginia Tech’s counseling center can go forward.

But he said allegations against four other officials and a group that coordinated the school’s response on April 16, 2007, did not state a sufficient cause of action.

Student gunman Seung-Hui Cho (sung-wee joh) killed 32 people before taking his own life in the massacre.