Virginia Tech, other colleges tightening security

Colleges and universities are tightening security around the country for big weekend sporting and other events in the wake of  Monday’s deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon.

The precautions are part of broader efforts being made in cities around the country to tighten security at places where people congregate.

At Virginia Tech,authorities are tightening security for festivities scheduled this weekend, including a football game, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The game, which will be played at Lane Stadium on campus, is being held four days after the  anniversary of the deadly 2007 shootings on campus by a student who killed 32 people.

In reaction to Monday’s bombings in Boston, Penn State University officials are forbidding people coming to Beaver Stadium to watch the annual Blue-White Game this weekend to bring in backpacks, bags and purses, the AP reported.

Many schools, including the University of Alabama and Auburn University, are re-evaluating evacuation plans for their sports stadiums.

After last December’s shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., which left 20 children and six teachers dead, many school district officials around the country said they would review their security procedures. Now some districts are announcing new steps to make their campuses safer.

In Pennsylvania, for example, the Chester Upland School District officials announced Wednesday that they were adding cameras, state-of-the-art metal detectors and X-ray machines this fall as well as more security personnel to better monitor who comes into school buildings.


Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.
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Valerie Strauss · April 18, 2013