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Family Pushes Senate to Pass Background Checks at State Colleges

Jessica Faulkner Jessica Faulkner

JUNE 1, 2006 -- The family of a murdered student at UNCW is pushing the Senate to pass a bill requiring background checks for students who apply to state colleges.  

One senator in Raleigh filed a bill that would require finger-printing and criminal background checks for all students. This comes after UNCW student Jessica Faulkner was murdered by a student who had a troubled past. 

One official in the UNC system thought the background checks would be of little value.   Local attorneys, Thom Goolsby and Clarke Speaks, have sent a letter to UNCW Chancellor Rosemary DePaolo and to the president of the UNC system, Erskine Bowles, to request a meeting to discuss background checks.

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