Recognizing the Warning Signs of Targeted Violence in Schools


Defender can help you recognize the warning signs of targeted violence.

In 2001, students and parents were asked whether or not they thought a shooting could occur in their community, in their school. 50% of parents with children in grades K-12 and 75% of secondary school students said yes. Since that time, there have been more than 20 school shootings across the country, according to USA Today.

Targeted violence in our schools is on the rise. During the 2009-2010 school year, 91% of middle schools and high schools reported violent incidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If we want these numbers to decrease, it is up to us – all of us – to make a difference: parents, teachers, school staff, and more.

“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,” explains a report conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics and the Bureau of Justice.

Threat Assessment Training in Public and Private Schools: Learn How to Recognize the Warning Signs of Targeted Violence

Defender Training and Consulting, L.L.C. trains educators, school staff, and guardians in behavioral observations and assessments. Our program is focused on positive behavioral interventions and behavioral assessments that will allow you to identify issues that arise during the course of students’ lives and teach techniques to assist in a positive and proactive manner. Positive interventions and proactive assessments are the best tools for our children’s promising development.

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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 know that your teachers work long hours, and their time is precious. We won’t waste it.

Targeted Violence is Rarely a Spur-of-the-Moment Action

According to research, incidents of targeted violence in schools are rarely ever spur-of-the-moment actions. Most incidents of targeted school violence are well-thought out. Most students who carry out these attacks talk with others about their ideas and intentions, and record their thoughts in journals, diaries, and even online sources, such as social media, blogs, etc. They also seek out weapons and practice with these weapons. These deliberate actions may occur over several days, weeks, months, or even years. There are warning signs and it is up to teachers, school staff, and parents to recognize these warning signs and act accordingly, putting a top to violent behavior before it occurs.

Defender Training and Consulting, L.L.C. can help!

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