Is School Violence on the Rise?

School Violence Rise

Threat assessment is a proactive method used to evaluate the risk posed by a student or another person to help stop targeted school violence before it happens.

It seems like there is another report of school violence every other week in the media, whether an act of bullying or, God forbid, another school shooting. According to “Indicators of School Crime and Safety,” an annual report from the National Center for Education Statistics compiling data from the 2010-2011 school year, nonfatal incidents at school (theft and assault) are on the rise. Students between the ages of 12 and 18 experienced more than 1.3 million nonfatal victimizations, according to the report. That works out to a crime rate of roughly 52 incidents of school violence per 1,000 students.

“Our nation’s schools should be safe havens for teaching and learning free of crime and violence,” the report says.

How to Put a Stop to School Violence

Recently, many schools have begun taking measures to control access to buildings and limit threatening situations.

“Certain practices, such as locking or monitoring doors or gates, are intended to limit or control access to school campuses, while others, such as the use of metal detectors and security cameras, are intended to monitor or restrict students’ and visitors’ behavior on campus,” the report says.

Still, these measures do not address the root of the issues – the students.

“For parents, school staff, and policymakers to effectively address school crime, they need an accurate understanding of the extent, nature, and context of the problem,” the report says.

Threat assessment is designed to do just that. It is a proactive method used to evaluate the risk posed by a student or another person to help stop targeted school violence before it happens. Threat assessment is based on the belief that most incidents of targeted violence are premeditated and that there are warning signs that could alert school officials, teachers, or parents of impending danger.

“I think they [students] want to get in touch with us,” added Dr. Frank Robertz, , co-founder of the Institute for Violence Prevention and Applied Criminology in Berlin. “They send us signals along the way.”

It is up to teachers, parents, and school administartors to recognize those signals and reach out to these students. However, this requires substantial time, effort, and, of course, training.

Threat Assessment Training from 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. We train educators, school staff, and guardians in proactive threat assessment, focusing on positive behavioral interventions and behavioral assessments. We believe these to be the best tools for our children’s promising development.

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