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.
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.