The Truth about Public School Violence and How to Stop It
Since the shootings at Columbine in 1999, incidents of public school violence, particularly school shootings, have been a hot topic in the media. However, by the media giving extra attention to these incidents, they could actually be adding fuel to the fire, warns Dr. Frank Robertz, co-founder of the Institute for Violence Prevention and Applied Criminology in Berlin.
“The media attention showered on previous school shooters such as the Columbine killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold often appeals greatly to would-be copycats, because the publicity may pass for esteem in their minds.”
In layman’s terms, school violence is on the rise and there are no signs it will slow down any time soon. So it is important to be prepared and know how to deal with such issues when they arise or, better yet, prevent such issues before they arise.
Threat Assessment – The Key to Stopping School Violence before It Occurs
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. There are warning signs – often indirect cries for help from the eventual aggressor.
“Such communications should not be ignored,” urges Dr. Robertz. “School personnel, parents and peers alike need to be alert for verbal, written and other signs that an adolescent is becoming engulfed in a destructive fantasy world.”
Threat Assessment Training – Learn How to Stop School Violence
In order to effectively put an end to school violence, teachers, administrators, and other members of the school staff need to be properly trained how to handle these delicate situations. Defender, L.L.C. is your source for such training. We are a privately operated, woman-owned business that proudly employs veterans of the U.S. Military to train educators, parents/guardians, and school staffs to recognize the indicators of potential violence. By identifying these indicators, our trainees can address these issues in a positive and proactive environment. The results are for the good of the community, the families and most importantly, the students.
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