Effective Threat Assessment is Based on Facts

Threat Assessment is Based on Facts

Effective threat assessment is based on facts.

According to the National Poll on Children’s Health, an annual survey conducted by the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan, school violence and gun-related injuries rank among the primary concerns for American families. People were asked to rank their biggest health concerns for children in their communities and nationwide. School violence came in at No. 4 (44%) and gun-related injuries landed at No. 9 (39%). Additional concerns to make the list include bullying, smoking, drug use, and childhood obesity.

Since the 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, there have been roughly 80 school shootings. That’s 80 shootings in less than three years.

“Moms will no longer tolerate America’s culture of gun violence,” said Shannon Watts, founder of the advocacy group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “We demand to be safe in the places we go with our children — schools, restaurants, stores, parks and in our own homes.”

The only way to make our schools safer is to stop target violence before it ever takes place. This means implementing an effective threat assessment program.

Effective Threat Assessment is Based on Facts

Threat assessment is a proactive approach to help stop school violence before it occurs. It is based on the fact 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.  However, it is important to note that threat assessment is based on facts not just characteristics, traits, or assumptions. These concrete facts include:

  • The Spoken Word: Most students who carry out these attacks talk with others about their ideas and intentions.
  • The Written Word: Most students who carry out these attacks record their thoughts in journals, diaries, and even online sources, such as social media, blogs, etc.
  • Weapons: Most students who carry out these attacks seek out weapons and practice with these weapons.

Obviously, you should be able to verify all of these facts. Otherwise, they aren’t really facts, are they?  The question then becomes how do you recognize these warning signs – these facts – and how do you respond?

Threat Assessment Training

Defender Training and Consulting, L.L.C. 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 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.

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Positive interventions and proactive assessments are the best tools for our children’s promising development.

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