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Looking at University Security and Psychology Programs in the Wake of the Lone Star College Stabbings

Looking at University Security and Psychology Programs in the Wake of the Lone Star College Stabbings

Tuesday’s stabbing attack which injured more than a dozen people at Lone Star College’s Cy-Fair campus was followed Thursday by a pair of bomb threats at St. Thomas University. These incidents underscore the need for college campuses to provide a secure learning environment for students. One step many campuses have taken in recent years is to seek to improve security protocols. During this week’s incident at Lone Star Cy-Fair, the campus was locked down, and many students and faculty were informed by e-mails or texts to their phones. Similar communication occurred as St. Thomas University’s campus was cleared Thursday in reaction to the bomb threats. Other area schools have similar emergency alert procedures in place.

Another concern – one that is harder to address – is how, if possible, to identify students that might become violent, and provide necessary services to help them before they become so. Some who know the attacker at Lone Star Cy-Fair described behavior that, if aggregated and communicated to a mental health professional, might have represented enough red flags to suggest some level of intervention.

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Edel Howlin

Edel HowlinEdel is a producer on Houston Matters and reporter for PBS’s Newshour Weekend. At Houston Public Media, Edel started as a reporter covering veteran issues and the quirkier side of life in Houston. Before her time in public radio she worked for local commercial station Cox as an on air personality, whilst volunteering at KPFT. In 2013, Edel received awards for her stories from the Houston Press Club, the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Association and the Texas Veteran's Commission. Before radio, Edel earned a degree in statistics at University College Dublin, Ireland. Quickly realizing that statistics may not be the path for her, she switched gears and went back to study TV and broadcast journalism. Since 2005, she has worked for both local and national stations in Dublin, wearing many hats from news anchor to producer, and reporter. Edel was born and raised in Clane, Co. Kildare, Ireland. She’s lived in Houston since 2008 with her husband and daughter.View all posts by Edel Howlin →