Stopping School Violence at the Source: The Students
When politicians discuss education issues, it always comes down to a few key topics – school spending, student to teacher ratios, and Common Core curriculum. When parents and teachers discuss education issues, the topic of conversation tends to be a little different. While budgets and curriculum are important, there is another more pressing issue plaguing our schools – school violence.
According to “Indicators of School Crime and Safety,” a 2006 study by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice, public schools experiencing violent incidents increased from 71% to 81% between 1999 and 2004. While less than 2% of all youth homicides occur at school, there were roughly 828,000 reported incidents of nonfatal victimizations among students 12 to 18 years of age in 2010 alone. So it should come as no surprise that most students reported seeing at least one security measure at school – security cameras, security guards, metal detectors, etc. – according to a joint report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics and National Center for Education Statistics. However, these measures are designed to react to school violence, not stop it. In order to put an end to senseless violence, school staff must have a means to stop violence at the source – the students.
“I think they [students] want to get in touch with us,” explained Dr. Frank Robertz, co-founder of the Institute for Violence Prevention and Applied Criminology in Berlin, referring to students who carry out acts of targeted violence. “They send us signals along the way.”
“Such communications should not be ignored,” added Dr. Robertz.
Threat Assessment is a Proactive Tool Used to End School Violence
Threat Assessment is 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. With proper training, school officials, teachers, and parents can learn to recognize these warning signs and properly deal with potential threatening situations before they occur.
Threat Assessment Training from Defender
Defender, L.L.C. merges the experience of real world practice with the highest academic research to give our clients the best in behavioral assessment training. We train educators, parents/guardians, and school staffs to recognize certain warning signs and address these issues in a positive and proactive environment.
Defender, L.L.C. understands that our schools are already stretched to their financial limits. We will work with you to find an affordable solution to ensure your students are well-protected.
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