Based on what I have read, the shooter at VT may have had some mental issues (illness). I'm saying "may" because I haven't seen anything credible yet and I don't consider a snippet in a CNN article from an anonymous source to be credible; could just be a rumor (sometimes truth is stranger than fiction). It's probably fair to say that based on reading the shooter's plays on CNN and descriptions of interactions with classmates that there is reason to believe that this wasn't just an average English student having a bad day ... there are some suggestions that could lead one to believe that mental illness could have been a factor. Even if mental illness was not a factor, when a person without such a disease is pushed over the edge by circumstances, you could get a similar result (many previous shooters probably were simply disgruntled in an extreme way). So, my question for this thread is ... how do you deal with mental illness or other situations where perhaps a person with typical coping skills is being pushed over the edge and showing signs that violence might be on their mind? I'm not interested in starting a thread on bashing people with mental illness although this is somewhat inevitable here at the "thunderdome" of pre-allo (let's just try to control ourselves a little bit, ok? -- wasted words, I know). Should schools screen for mental illness, particularly mental illness that could lead to violence? Also, should there be a way of reporting people who show signs of the potential for violence and is there a way of handling this without violating the rights of students while at the same time respecting everyone's right for a relatively safe school environment? My own opinion is that there is a way to do such screenings, much as we require vaccinations, etc., that respects privacy and other rights. If a person does present a threat, there should be a way of keeping track of him/her and making sure that their access to weapons is made more difficult. For example, the university police might be given a list of people who could present a threat. I realize that this has ominous implications. An argument could perhaps be that people getting shot on campus is not enough of a risk compared to dying in a car accident, for example, to restrict privacy or personal freedoms. I'm a bit undecided but leaning toward some kind of screening and prevention. I'm interested to see what you all think.