Colleges work to prevent violence

By Michael Tomsic

January’s deadly shooting spree in Tucson has again focused attention on the role colleges and universities play in detecting unstable behavior among students.

Months before the shooting, alleged gunman Jared Loughner had been expelled from a community college because administrators considered him dangerous.   Likewise, Seung-Hui Cho — who killed more than thirty people at Virginia Tech in 2007  — had sparked concerns among professors and others on campus well before he went on his rampage.

In North Carolina, the community college system now is considering a policy change allowing schools to deny admission to students who pose an immediate threat.  And at Triangle universities, administrators say they already have teams in place to identify and help students who may be a threat to themselves or others.

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