Is My Child Safe at School? The Threat of School Violence
We send our children to school to learn. We send them to school to learn the alphabet. We send them to school to learn geography. We send them to school to be better people. But are we sending them somewhere safe? This is the question more and more parents are asking themselves nowadays as reports of school shootings seem to be almost commonplace. Are our children safe at school?
Schools should be a safe haven for students – a temple for learning – but this does not seem to be the case anymore.
“I’m saddened to know that my child is not guaranteed safety while at school,” said Sean McNeil, a father to a 4th grader. “We send her to learn, but the horrific thought of violence against the school is always in the back of my mind.”
Child Safety and the Rise in School Violence
As a parent, it is natural to worry about your child’s safety. And with the reports of school violence flooding the media every day, you are certainly not feeling any easier about the whole situation. The truth is that school violence is on the rise, so you have every reason to worry. In 2012 alone, there were roughly 749,200 nonfatal violent victimizations among students 12-18 years old, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“Our nation’s schools should be safe havens for teaching and learning free of crime and violence,” says the CDC report we referenced above.
So how do we put an end to senseless violence? How do we make our schools safe once again? The answer is Threat Assessment: a proactive method designed to aid parents, teachers, and school administrators in recognizing the warning signs of school violence. Threat assessment is based on the belief that most incidents of targeted violence are premeditated and that there are warning signs. By recognizing these warning signs and addressing the issues appropriately, we can help put an end to serious school violence.
Threat Assessment Training with Defender, L.L.C.
Defender is a privately operated, woman-owned business that proudly employs veterans of the U.S. Military to give our clients the best in behavioral assessment training. It’s a one-day training that is offered to all teachers and staff and whoever else they wish to involve, and the ultimate goal is to help our children as best we can before we have to involve other methods.
Our system is called OA2, which stands for Observe, Assess, and Act. We train K-12 teachers in observing and assessing the indicators of behavior that are associated with threat-related behavior, and train the teachers and staff how to deal with these conditions AT THE SCHOOL LEVEL. If we can identify these indicators, we can address them BEFORE they become dangerous.
We believe these to be the best tools for our children’s promising development.
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