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5 years after Tech, Va. colleges gauge threats
5 years after Tech, Va. colleges secretly investigate students in effort to prevent massacre
By The Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) ' Virginia's colleges and universities have quietly investigated hundreds of students, employees and others in recent years to prevent a repeat of the Virginia Tech massacre of 2007.

Monday marks the fifth anniversary of Seung-Hui Cho's deadly rampage. A state panel investigating the killings determined professors, students and mental-health professionals knew about Cho's troubled behavior for years but never tied all the information together.

The General Assembly passed a law in 2008 requiring Virginia's 15 public, four-year colleges and universities to form panels with broad powers to investigate students' academic, medical and criminal records.

Statistically, there's no way to tell if the teams have prevented specific violent acts, and officials on the teams say it would be a mistake to make such a claim. But they say they do believe those teams have helped make campuses safer.

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