campus security: [April 2010]

Northern Illinois University Probes Motives, Response to 2008 Shootings
From "NIU Probes Motives, Response to 2008 Shootings" by Jodi S. Cohen, Chicago Tribune, March 19, 2010

A report released March 18 examines the events that led to the Feb. 2008 shootings at Northern Illinois University, when Steven Kazmierczak killed five students and wounded 21 others. The 300-page report details Kazmierczak's troubled life, including repeated suicide attempts that required hospitalization, unresolved conflicts with his parents stemming from their decision to institutionalize him, and interest in satanic rituals. Kazmierczak had been an undergraduate at the university from 2002 to 2006 and began pursuing a master's degree in criminology before becoming disenchanted with the department after a change in leadership, when he transferred to another school.

The report also summarizes lessons the university learned in responding to the crisis. But the findings support the university's position that nothing could have been done to prevent the tragedy, given that Kazmierczak did not display problems while at NIU, left no note, and tossed out his cell phone card; nor has his computer hard drive been found.

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