Better Preparing for School Violence via Threat Assessment
According to a survey of 11,000 teachers and school officials conducted by CNN in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, 40% of school superintendents and 31% of teachers said their schools were not safe from gun violence. Meanwhile, nonfatal incidents at schools, such as theft and assault, appear to be on the rise, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. In 2012 alone, students between the ages of 12 and 18 experienced more than 1.3 million nonfatal victimizations.
“Any instance of crime or violence at school not only affects the individuals involved but also may disrupt the educational process and affect bystanders, the school itself, and the surrounding community,” the National Center for Education Statistics report says.
It is a growing epidemic and one that does not currently have a widespread solution. So what are schools doing to fight back?
As we mentioned in a previous blog post, “Are Schools Wasting Money on Ineffective Security Measures?” more and more schools are turning to reactive security measures – security cameras, armed guards, etc. – to help put an end to school violence. In fact, 90 percent of the 11,000 teachers surveyed by CNN supported armed guards on school grounds. But is this the most effective way to stop school violence? No! The best way to prevent school violence is not with reactive security methods, but, instead, with a more proactive approach – Threat Assessment.
“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 National Center for Education Statistics report says.
How Threat Assessment Can Help Put an End to School Violence
“Reactive answers continue to be the mainstream argument with politicians and the media, and these tired solutions are not working, said Jason Wells of Defender Training and Consulting L.L.C. “It is only through proactive, positive interventions with our youth, identifying conditions early on through behavioral observations and assessments, that we will be able to prevent the manifestation of threat-related behavior later in life. We can stop these violent acts, but we must do it correctly!”
Defender is a privately operated, woman-owned business that proudly employs veterans of the U.S. Military to provide schools the best in threat assessment training. We believe this to be the best tool in the fight against school violence. Threat assessment is a proactive method designed to aid parents, teachers, and school administrators in recognizing the warning signs of school violence, and teach them what to do in the event that a potential risk arises.
We train educators, school staff, and guardians in proactive threat assessment, focusing on positive behavioral interventions and behavioral assessments.
If you have any questions about how Threat Assessment Training can replace ineffective security measures, 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.