Digital Life
Nokyoung Xayasane
April 23, 2013

Virginia Tech Shooting Victim Launches App to Save Lives (VIDEO)


Kristina Anderson was one of the wounded victims of the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre. She was shot twice in the back and once in the foot.

In less than 12 minutes, gunman Seung-Hui Cho shot and killed 11 of her classmates and her teacher. The gunman killed a total of 32 people and wounded 17 others.

Anderson’s life changed that day, and she has devoted the years since to promoting campus safety so others might avoid a similar experience.

Anderson is launching a Smartphone app that could save lives. LiveSafe connects students and campus police and allows information to be shared instantaneously.

“Students are comfortable with smartphones; they use them to check in, order food and post pictures,” says Anderson. “We thought, we should also use our phones to make our communities safer.”

The app, created by Shy Pahlevani and Samier Mansur, allows users to relay their location and the type of crime occurring, and send photos and texts to campus police. The app also allows users to remain anonymous when they’re reporting crimes on campus.

Through the app, campus police can communicate directly to students by sending notifications, emails and voicemails. Anderson believes lives could’ve been spared if Virginia Tech students had been aware of the first shooting, which occurred at 7:05 am.

“We did not know about the first shooting that happened at about 7:05 that morning,” Anderson tells CNN Money. “There was a delay and Virginia Tech did not notify the campus, which at the time there was no precedence for a second shooting. Really, we had no information.”

Anderson went to class that day and was shot during the second attack. Now, six years later, Anderson is helping launch the technology she wished she had on that fateful day.

LiveSafe is being tested at North Carolina’s Winthorp University and the University of New Hampshire. So far, the app has received rave reviews from students and community members.