Threat Assessment in Schools
All children should grow up free from fear and violence, but unfortunately that is not the case. Violence in our school system is at an all-time high. According to a report conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics and the Bureau of Justice, “Overall, more students experienced incidents of theft and violence at school than away from school.” Moreover, 6.9% of students in grades 9-12 reported being threatened or injured with a weapon on school property, while 7.2% admitted to skipping school because they felt unsafe, according to a 2013 Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study.
The good news: with proper threat assessment, many violent incidents in schools can be stopped before they ever happen.
The Current State of Threat Assessment in Schools
Unfortunately, in large part due to budget cuts, many schools are not properly equipped to handle threat assessments.
“Since the economic downturn about six years ago, there have been massive budget cuts at all state levels, and school districts have been slashing budgets,” explained Brad Erford, a former president of the American Counseling Association and a professor at Loyola University in Maryland. “This has affected school counseling services. It has also affected the number of teachers.”
The American Counseling Association recommends one school counselor for every 250 students. However, the current ratio is closer to 1:471, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Schools are simply not equipped to adequately handle threat assessment. They are also not properly trained.
Improving Threat Assessment in Schools
While school budgets are not going to drastically change in the near future (there won’t be a sudden influx of new counselors), schools can better train their current teachers, counselors, and other staff members on how to identify potential warning signs and stop violent behavior before it happens. This is where Defender, L.L.C. can help.
Threat Assessment Training Public and Private Schools
Defender, L.L.C. trains educators, guardians, and school staff in behavioral observations and assessments. We do this using Defender, L.L.C.’s OA2 ™ training program focused on positive behavioral interventions and behavioral assessments. This program will help to identify issues that arise during the course of students’ lives and teach techniques to assist in a positive and proactive manner. The results are for the good of the community, the families and most importantly, the students.
Positive interventions and proactive assessments are the best tools for our children’s promising development.
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