Educators struggle to interpret dark writing

In the year before the Virginia Tech massacre, the gunman wrote multiple pieces of alarming fiction that troubled teachers and classmates alike–and now schools are trying to distinguish the dark musings of college fiction from deadly manifestos that foretell campus violence, the Wall Street Journal reports. But the schools, trying to protect their communities, don’t always know when to act. And when they do, they may infringe on the rights of those students under scrutiny. Some schools, such as Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Ga., are finding it helpful to scrutinize students’ Facebook or MySpace pages, for example. But First Amendment experts warn that this practice can violate freedom-of-speech protections…

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