Virginia Tech recently set up a special web site to help students deal with violence on campus.
Tech’s “Threat Assessment Team” is understandable for the campus where the greatest mass murder in U.S. history is still seared into local, state and national memories but the Blacksburg campus is not the only school where violence is becoming an all-too-common problem.
Police arrested a University of Virginia lacrosse player Monday and charged him with the murder of an ex-girlfriend who plays on the women’s lacross team at the school. An relationship that ended badly was also cited in the case where a Chinese student beheaded his ex-lover in front of horrified diners in Tech’s food court.
Violence, of course, is not limited to college campuses. A Floyd County jury sent Jeffrey Martin Young to prison earlier this year for his unprovoked and senseless attack on a local woman in the parking lot of Slaughters Supermarket in 2008.
The Floyd County Sheriff’s Department has a “school entry team” composed of officers trained in SWAT-style tactics.
But the fact that a school even needs a “Threat Assessment Team” is a sad sign of the times.
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