John Paul Jones Arena changes procedures in light of Morgan Harrington situation

By Scott Leamon

ROANOKE – In the wake of the Morgan Harrington situation, UVA has changed its re-entry policy at the John Paul Jones Arena, something Harrington's father suggested several weeks ago.

The university has told arena employees to allow for reentry if anyone is showing signs of distress.

State police said Harrington was cut on the chin after falling at a Metallica concert last fall.

Since she left the building during the show, policy at that time directed employees not to allow her back inside.

A farmer found Harrington's remains on his Albemarle County property in late January, about five miles from the UVA campus.

“In this whole situation with Morgan, if one thing had been different we would have a live daughter today,” Dan Harrington said during an interview Tuesday.

Harrington said he did not blame the university or the arena.

“That's not taking away Morgan's responsibility and the decisions she made,” he said. “She certainly was an adult. I wish she had made some different decisions and I wish other people had made different decisions too.”

Harrington hopes the policy change will be the one thing that might save another person from getting hurt.

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