Hearne: Alarming Times Call Attention to Vigilance Committee at KU

Make way for Big Brother…

A spate of high profile killings by nut jobs – the Dark Knight massacre in Colorado, the Sikh Temple shootings in Wisconsin – have the country on edge.

So much so that a team at KU to keep an eye on suspicious types is in the limelight.

“Say you’re teaching a class at Kansas University and you’re worried about a particular student,” begins a front page story in today’s Lawrence Journal World. “Maybe a passage in a paper seems particularly dark or talks about suicide. Maybe someone notices a social media post that looks like a threat. Maybe a student unleashes a loud, verbal attack after receiving a failing grade. Where to call?”

In the case of KU, the number is 785 864-4060.

A swat team from KU’s Student Conduct Review Team will take it from there – a group of seven charged with checking out suspicious students who’s behavior “others may find alarming.”

The group – like others around the country – was hatched shortly after the Virginia Tech shootings several years back. Thirty-three were killed in 2008.

But while the intentions are good, it sounds like it could get a little over-the-top at times.

“In some cases students simply don’t know their behavior was improper and the situation is quickly remedied,” team chair Frank DeSalvo tells the Journal World. “We tell them what they have done almost constitutes or about constitutes a threat, which is a criminal violation. We just say don’t do it any more and they comply. They don’t realize how close they were to committing a crime.”

Kinda makes you wonder who’s drawing what lines, when and where.

Good thing they don’t have anybody riding herd over the comments section here and on other area sites or they’d probably round the bunch of ‘em up and send ‘em to the slammer.

http://www.mb-kc.com/
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16 Responses to Hearne: Alarming Times Call Attention to Vigilance Committee at KU

  1. expat says:

    Hearne what makes you think they aren’t already data-mining this site and others?

  2. Rick Nichols says:

    Sure glad they didn’t have this group up and running when I was attending the Flaw on the Kaw back in the early ’70s. I’d been busted for sure. And the earlier commenter makes a good point: no doubt someone is monitoring the comments on this site and just about every other site out there for any sign of possible “trouble” coming from the ranks of the 99 percent.

  3. admin says:

    You guys have a point.

    I guess my thought is, people can say and do some pretty odd things from time to time. Things that might appear weird and or strange to some other people but probably a million miles from running into a crowded theater and gunning people down.

    But now that you guys mention it, do you suppose they’re onto Harley and Smartman yet?

    • smartman says:

      Come and get me you pussy black-ops mother fuckers! Maybe if you’d spend more time looking for Russian subs in the Gulf of Mexico and not surfing the web the world might be a little safer. And how about fessing up to the existence of the Muslim Brotherhood US Government Infiltration Manual that you found at the house raid in Virginia back in 2007. You fuckers couldn’t find the prize in a box of Cracker Jack. You need to be concerned with the 13 year olds in Hoboken that are hacking into the NASA mainframe to take control of the rover on Mars….I mean outside Palm Springs.

      • the dude says:

        He, he, you make me laugh smarty. You are right and you still make me laugh. That reminds me of the black helicopter speech at the Charlotte town hall meeting on youtube- “I TOLD THEM NO ICE IN THE ARENA!!! Did they listen to me?!?!?! NO!!!!!!!”.

        “Sir, there are Boy Scouts present and you are scaring them.”

  4. smartman says:

    Googles new face deals program is scary as hell too. You do have to sign up for it but the potential for abuse is Biblical.

  5. Super Dave says:

    Before to long privacy I am guessing outside of your own bathroom will be something of the past. Anymore the whole world is watching you one way or another.

    • smartman says:

      Face recognition software in public toilets with the ability for super toilets to conduct real time urine and stool tests. This will be sold to us by Joe “putcha y’all back in chains” Biden as the proactive preventative medicine portion of Obamacare.

  6. harley says:

    harley breaks the news…new paterno book…its should be huge!!!!

    Joe Paterno broke down and cried the day after he was dismissed as Penn State’s coach, according to excerptspublished by GQ from the biography Paterno written by Joe Posnanski.

    Posnanski, a former writer for Sports Illustrated, spent the 2011 season with Paterno as the Jerry Sandusky scandal unfolded and the longtime Nittany Lions coach lost his job before succumbing to lung cancer in January.

    The current issue of GQ includs some pertinent passages from the book, which will be available Tuesday.

    Among them was the scene at Paterno’s house the day after he was fired by the Penn State board of trustees:

    On Thursday, Paterno met with his coaches at his house. He sobbed uncontrollably. This was his bad day. Later, one of his former captains, Brandon Short, stopped by the house. When Brandon asked, “How are you doing, Coach?” Paterno answered, “I’m okay,” but the last syllable was shaky, muffled by crying, and then he broke down and said, “I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself.” Nobody knew how to handle such emotion. Joe had always seemed invulnerable. On Thursday, though, he cried continually.

    “My name,” he told Jay, “I have spent my whole life trying to make that name mean something. And now it’s gone.”

    In another excerpt, Paterno’s son, Scott, reads the grand jury case against Sandusky for the first time:

    Scott Paterno was the first in the family to understand that the Pennsylvania grand jury presentment that indicted Jerry Sandusky could end his father’s career. This wasn’t surprising; Scott tended to be the most realistic – or cynical, depending on who you asked – in the family. He had run for Congress and lost and along the way tasted the allure and nastiness of public life. He had worked as a lawyer and as a lobbyist. He would sometimes tell people, “Hey, don’t kid yourself, I’m the asshole of the family.” When Scott read the presentment, he called his father and said, “Dad, you have to face the possibility that you will never coach another game.”
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