Back to School, Back to School Violence
The school used to be a temple of learning, a sacred place reserved for the betterment of one’s mind. That, sadly, is not the case anymore. As students across Maryland and across the country make their way back to school, they also make their way back to fear and insecurity. Our school system is no longer a safe haven for learning. In many instances, our schools are no longer safe. Period.
Back to School Violence
There are currently an estimated 50 million students are enrolled in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade in the United States. And in 2012 alone, students ages 12–18 suffered 1,364,900 nonfatal victimizations: 615,600 victims of theft and 749,200 victims of violence, according to a study conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and National Center for Education Statistics. Examples of school violence include:
- Fighting (e.g., punching, slapping, kicking)
- Weapon use
- Electronic aggression
- Gang violence
School violence can occur not only on school property, but also on the way to or from school, during a school-sponsored event, or on the way to or from a school-sponsored event.
Stop School Violence before It Occurs
As millions of students return to school this fall, we have a responsibility to ensure they return to a safe environment. The solution: Threat Assessment. The goal is to stop school violence from happening in the first place, and threat assessment is one of the only ways for this to happen. Threat assessment is a proactive tool for parents, teachers, and school administrators to help them recognize the warning signs of potential school violence, and teach them how to it before it happens. Through behavioral observation, assessment and action, our educators are empowered to effectively address concerns in a manner that is the best for the students.
Threat Assessment Training with Defender LLC
Defender, L.L.C. focuses on providing K-12 educators and administrators with a proactive, positive approach to school violence. We train teachers, school staffs, and communities in identifying behaviors in the student body that may be of a concerning nature, and show these individuals on how to deal with such situations. Our system is called OA2, which stands for Observe, Assess, and Act. We believe this to be the best tool in the fight against school violence.
If you have any questions about our Back to School Violence or Threat Assessment Training, please contact Defender, L.L.C. by calling 410-381-8003. You can also like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, put us in your Google+ circle, and subscribe to our YouTube channel for even more great information.