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Tucson shooting prompts SC reporting legislation

Jan 14, 2011 5:00:00 PM - thestate.com
Colleges and universities should be required to turn over records on disruptive and threatening students who drop out as a way to avoid tragedies like the recent shooting in Arizona that left six people dead, a South Carolina lawmaker said Friday.

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others were shot last Saturday at an event she hosted for constituents in Tucson. A 9-year-old girl was among those killed. Giffords was shot in the head and gravely wounded.

Jared Loughner, 22, a former Pima Community College student, has been charged in the shootings. Loughner had a history of strange outbursts, including one about strapping bombs to babies, and in September was suspended after he claimed in a YouTube video that the school was illegal under the Constitution. He voluntarily withdrew the next month - at that time, police had a 51-page report on him.

Republican Rep. Chip Limehouse of Charleston said he doesn't want similar reports of odd behavior to go unnoticed.

"My legislation would require South Carolina colleges and universities to turn over their records concerning behavioral problems where warning bells are going off," Limehouse said. The records would have to be turned over to local police agencies.

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