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Report Urges Increase in Mental Health Data Sharing

Cowed by confusing privacy laws, authorities sometimes fail to raise red flags about potentially dangerous students, and peers keep quiet out of a false sense of duty, a federal report (pdf) on the Virginia Tech shootings concluded Wednesday. Part of the problem is that educators, doctors and police aren't sure what they're permitted to reveal about someone's medical history, the report found.

Virginia Tech report: Share mental health data, CNN, June 13, 2007.