Colleges and suicide threats: when to call home?

[caption id="attachment_44561" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Virginia Tech settled a lawsuit after failing to show an eMail from a suicidal student."][/caption]

The eMail that arrived at Virginia Tech's health center in November 2007 was detailed and unmistakably ominous. It concerned a Tech senior named Daniel Kim and came from an acquaintance at another college.

"Daniel has been acting very suicidal recently, purchasing a $200 pistol, and
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