Threat Assessment in Schools: A Guide to Managing Threatening Situations and to Creating Safe School Climates.

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Since June 1999, the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Secret Service have been working as a team to better understand--and ultimately help prevent--school shootings in America. Findings indicated that incidents of targeted violence in school were rarely impulsive; that the students who perpetrated attacks usually planned them out in advance with planning behavior that was often observable; and that, prior to most attacks, other children knew that the attack was to occur. This document uses these findings to create a process for identifying, assessing, and managing students who may pose a threat of targeted violence in schools. Eight chapters include: (1) Introduction: Threat Assessment and the Prevention of Targeted School Violence; (2) Creating Climates of School Safety: A Foundation for Reducing School Violence; (3) Key Findings of the Safe School Initiative's Study of Targeted School Violence; (4) Implementing a School Threat Assessment Process; (5) Conducting a School Threat Assessment; (6) Managing a Threatening Situation; (7) Action Plans for School Leaders: Creating a Safe and Connected School Climate and Implementing a Threat Assessment Program; and (8) Conclusion: Threat Assessment as a Decision-Making Tool. An appendix contains a list of annotated resources. (Contains 24 references and 2 resource websites.)
Fein, Robert A.; Vossekuil, Bryan; Pollack, William S.; Borum,Randy; Modzeleski, William; Reddy, Marisa
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