In the wake of the Virginia Tech killings in April, state leaders around the country are discussing a variety of means to prevent a similar incident on college campuses, according to the July 27 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required).
South Carolina and Nevada are among the states currently considering allowing concealed weapons carried by adults on campus, in the hope that armed students or faculty could shoot any attacker and save lives. Other states are going in the opposite direction, with proposals to more strictly regulate guns on campus.
Gov. Jim Doyle of Wisconsin created a task force in his state. The group, which includes representatives from colleges and universities, will examine ways to identify students with the potential for dangerous behavior. Bruce Shepard, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay and one of the organization's co-chairs, said the rates of mentally ill students on college campuses are "skyrocketing."