Colleges Watching Strange Or Troubled Students

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - On the agenda: A student who got into a shouting match with a faculty member. Another who harassed a female classmate. Someone found sleeping in a car. And a student who posted a threat against a professor on Facebook.

In a practice adopted at one college after another since the massacre at Virginia Tech, a University of Kentucky committee of deans, administrators, campus police and mental health officials has begun meeting regularly to discuss a watch list of troubled students and decide whether they need professional help or should be sent packing.

These "threat assessment groups" are aimed at heading off the kind of bloodshed seen at Virginia Tech a year ago and at Northern Illinois University last month.

"You've got to be way ahead of the game, so to speak, expect what may be coming. If you're able to identify behaviors early on and get these people assistance, it avoids disruptions in the classrooms and potential violence," said Maj. Joe Monroe, interim police chief at Kentucky.

The Kentucky panel, called Students of Concern, held its first meeting last week and will convene at least twice a month to talk about students whose strange or disturbing behavior has come to their attention.

Such committees represent a change in thinking among U.S. college officials, who for a long time were reluctant to share information about students' mental health for fear of violating privacy laws.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Duh on Mar 31, 2008 at 06:47 PM
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Mar 30, 2008 at 05:35 PM
    No WOW, not most people just our liberal secular progressive Brainiacs.
  • by Wow Location: Richmond on Mar 29, 2008 at 09:22 PM
    This panel is nuts. In high school after columbine it became so terrible to be a student because of authority figures trying to force BS on the students that only 6 people remained in my home room my senior year. thats out of the 32 that started in teh 9th. Maybe they should try to figure out why these people are like this isntead of tryin to find them before they become that way and force them out of school. We cant make eveyrone suffer because of just one nutball but thats what most idiots want in this country it seems anymore.
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Mar 29, 2008 at 10:11 AM liberal college friends..would this not be profiling? We can't have that now, can we? After all if 99% of all terror activities are done by muslims, we can't profile those folks when they are standing in line ready to board a plane, or when they are transporting "fireworks" in their car trunks. just because a student may be crazy, shud we impede his pursuit of happiness?


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