Report examines violent attacks on U.S. college campuses

A report by federal law enforcement officers, released last week on the third anniversary of the Virginia Tech massacre, offers the first comprehensive analysis of violent attacks carried out on U.S. college campuses in the past century and finds that more than half have occurred in the past 20 years, the Washington Post reports. Researchers looked at public records of 272 incidents of “targeted violence” at colleges since 1900. The study, “Campus Attacks,” was a joint effort of the Secret Service, the FBI and the U.S. Department of Education. The report offers a foundation of research for the discipline of threat assessment, a growing facet of college administration that seeks to predict and prevent Virginia Tech-style attacks. On April 16, 2007, Tech student Seung Hui Cho, 23, killed 32 people and himself in one of the nation’s deadliest attacks…

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