Managing Threatening Situations in Schools
In 2012 alone, there were about 749,200 nonfatal violent incidents at school among students 12 to 18 years of age, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But what if teachers, parents, and school administrators had a way to stop such threatening situations before they had the chance to turn violent? With the right training, they can.
“In my opinion every one occurrence [of school violence] which has happened would have been preventable,” said Dr. Frank Robertz, co-founder of the Institute for Violence Prevention and Applied Criminology in Berlin.
Threat Assessment Training: Better Manage Threatening Situations in Schools
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. 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. When these warning signs are present and the findings of a threat assessment inquiry or investigation corroborate such findings, the next step is to prevent the attack and protect possible targets.
- Control the situation and the student in question to prevent the possibility of an attack.
- Protect and aid possible targets.
- Provide support and guidance to help the student in question successfully deal with his/her underlying issues.
““All of the school shooters actually said– if someone would have approached me with how I’m feeling, what goes on in my mind, I would have told them,” said Dr. Robertz. “So if teachers actually approach kids, they have a very high chance that they will talk about what’s going on in their minds, and will talk about their violent fantasies.”
Threat Assessment Training with Defender L.L.C.
Successful management of threatening situations requires substantial time, effort, and, of course, training.
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.
We know that your teachers work long hours, and their time is precious. We won’t waste it.
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