In the town of Normal, Ill., school administrators and local law enforcement officials are taking steps to ensure that events here live up to the community's name.

To prevent the kind of violence that has occurred recently in places such as Littleton, Colo., and Springfield, Ore., local officials are teaming up to form a computer network that will keep track of teen-agers who might commit crimes in or out of school.

The network will link authorized users from the Bloomington and Normal police departments, McLean County state's attorney's office, the juvenile division of the Illinois Department of...

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