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Maryland colleges studying mass shootings with hopes of prevention

Maryland colleges studying mass shootings with hopes of prevention

Days after a gunman killed nine people at an Oregon community college, students and faculty at the University of Maryland, College Park got an email from their campus police chief.

The Oct. 1 mass shooting, Chief David Mitchell wrote, "serves as a reminder that violent, heinous acts such as this can occur anywhere, any time."

College and university officials in Maryland say they keep close tabs on school shootings across the country, and they regularly update their security strategies to prevent similar tragedies. Most campus communities are vigilant about being aware of and reporting suspicious behavior.

At College Park, campus police employ a full-time social...

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