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University Wants State Police to Report Students' Prior Arrests

University Wants State Police to Report Students' Prior Arrests

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, left, and University of Virginia president John D. Casteen field questions at a news conference Tuesday after the two met privately in the Governor's Mansion in Richmond to discuss the recent killing of Virginia student and la

USA Today via YellowBrix

May 12, 2010

CHARLOTTSVILLE, VA – A proposal by the president of the University of Virginia to have police agencies in the state report arrests of college students to their schools could be a key step toward curbing campus violence, says the co-founder of a Chicago-based security-advising firm.

“It’s a good idea to start a dialogue and make sure every stakeholder is at the table — law-enforcement professionals, mental-health professionals and institutions of higher learning,” said Arnette Heintze, who with partner Terry Hillard founded Hillard Heintze strategic security advisers.

In the aftermath of the May 3 death of Virginia lacrosse player Yeardley Love, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell met Tuesday with university president John Casteen and later said he will consult with law-enforcement officials before recommending changes to state law sought by Casteen.

George Huguely, a member of the men’s lacrosse team, was charged with first-degree murder in Love’s death. Huguely in 2008 had been arrested and charged with public drunkenness and resisting arrest and had to be restrained by a Taser after threatening to kill a Lexington, Va., policewoman. The incident took place about 70 miles from Virginia’s campus, and school officials said they were never informed about it before Love died.

Also Tuesday, Huguely’s mother, Marta Murphy, made her first public comment on Love’s death in a written statement:


Lacrosse player George Huguely is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Yeardley Love. Huguely waived his Miranda rights and told police he shook Love and that her head repeatedly hit the wall. [Charlottsville PD]

“Though my pain is great, it will never come close to the anguish felt by the Love family. … Yeardley was part of our lives. I got to know her as George’s mom. She was a sweet, wonderful young woman with a limitless future. … We also know her mother, Sharon. The pain she and her family are suffering is something that no family should ever have to endure. No parent should have to bury a child.”

Murphy is no longer married to George Huguely IV, the accused’s father.

Casteen and McDonnell acknowledged difficulties with the logistics of a reporting law. McDonnell said he had talked to law-enforcement officials, who asked how they would know if a suspect was a student, what steps they would be required to take to verify information and who they would report it to.

“I think we’ve got some challenges … but I’m committed to the broader goal of (providing) quality information so that a president can best protect his or her campus,” the governor said.

Heintze, a former U.S. Secret Service special agent, said such collaboration on threat assessment is important. “But it has to be fully thought out and funded right,” he said. “And they need to make sure everybody at the table gets their concerns aired.”

  • Car6_max50


    about 4 years ago


    really sad to hear about the student. The law sounds like it might work, I like the idea behind it.

  • Dscn0118_max50


    over 4 years ago


    This could help the school and the police know who they should keep an eye on. On the flip side however, there are some who have never committed a crime, or who just never got caught, who just snap and go on a killing spree. Still don't think a law like this could hurt if administered properly.

  • Images_max50


    over 4 years ago


    :) Might work.

  • Draped_badge_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I just ran this by my son who goes to NC State...He thinks it is a great idea...He said on his application to the school he was asked if he was ever convicted of any crime...And if I am not mistaken if your convicted any financial aid goes out the window fast...This is college, they are generally over 18 (although my son started at 17 for a bit) and any crime is public record in VA...I haven't gotten too far into this case as to why? But my son says finals cause people to do stupid things. Not that using it as an excuse, the kid needs to fiy, thank God this happened in VA love the death penalty...One thing they did at NC state during finals first semester for the new kids was brought in therapy dogs...I thought that was a really cool idea, helped calm them down first semester being away from home and all....

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    over 4 years ago


    A young life ended way too soon, and another young life destined to be spent behind bars, at the least. A shame on both counts ......

  • Ba_old_glory_max50


    over 4 years ago


    As far as shake boy goes, death penalty. This is first degree murder. VA that means he MEANT to do what he did. The new laws sound like a good idea. However, the state of Virginia needs to dot every i and cross every t. I think lots of law suits could arise out of this.

  • Evgeni_nabokov_max50


    over 4 years ago


    rhood - exactly

    Shake Shake

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    Scum bag animal. Maybe they're gonna "shake" you where you're going now.... Ha!

  • In_remembrance_of_oakland_pd_max50_max50_max50_max50_max50


    over 4 years ago


    It could be fashioned after the juvenile reporting requirements that are currently in place in Virginia, which requires the court to report arrests of students for certain serious crimes to the head of a school district.

  • Plmb2s3sk_max600_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I want to know what people think about this one.

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