The Impact of the Virginia Tech Attack

One consequence of the attack is the increased speed with which colleges respond to threats.

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One consequence of the April 2007 attack at Virginia Tech has been the increased speed with which colleges respond to potential threats, campus security experts say. Even as people were traveling to Blacksburg to commemorate the first anniversary of that massacre, three other colleges were reacting swiftly to threats of violence. Malcolm X College and St. Xavier University, both in Chicago, and Oakland University in Michigan shut down earlier this month because of threatening graffiti found on campus. Those threats, some of which promised attacks on April 14, passed without incident.