Threat Assessment Training for Public and Private Schools

Threat Assessment Training

Threat assessment training allows the members of your school community to better identify risks and stop violent incidents before they ever occur.

For students to succeed in the classroom and in life, their educational environment must be one of learning, encouragement, and, perhaps most importantly, safety. Unfortunately, this is no longer the case here in the United States. Incidents of school violence are on the rise and students are actually afraid to go to school. According to a 2013 Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study of students in grades 9-12, 7.2% of students surveyed admitted to skipping school at least once in the previous 30 days because they felt unsafe at school. This atmosphere of violence and fear is not conducive to learning. It is up to us as teachers, school counselors, parents and legal guardians, and school administrators to take a stand and better ensure the safety of our children. Threat assessment is a community effort and it will take each and every member of a school community to better identify risks and stop violent incidents before they ever occur.

Targeted violence is often the end result of a visible process and, because of this, specific behavioral indicators can be identified to help recognize potential violent behavior and stop it before anyone gets hurt. When a student’s behavior raises red flags, it is up to your parents, guardians, teachers, counselors, and school staff to take action – to make judgments about the risk associated with that student’s behavior and determine how to respond. However, without proper training, it is almost impossible to know what to do in these emotionally-charged situations.

“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,” says a report conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics and the Bureau of Justice. This means threat assessment training.

Threat Assessment Training for Public and Private Schools

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 will work with your program to find an affordable solution to ensure your teachers, counselors, school staff, and parents all receive the training they need to help keep your children well-protected. Defender, L.L.C. trains your school community to identify behaviors in the student body that may be of a concerning nature. We also teach techniques to assist in a positive and proactive manner. Our training program focused on positive behavioral interventions and behavioral assessments.

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School Violence by the Numbers

  • There have been 74 school shootings since the December 14, 2012, shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. If you go back to 1992, there have been approximately 387 active shooter incidents in schools across America in the past 23 years.
  • According to 2001 polls, more than 50% of parents with children in grades K-12 and 75% of secondary school students now think that a school shooting could occur in their community.
  • Between 1% and 2% of all homicides among school-age children occur on school grounds, according to the CDC.
  • In 2011, 5.4% of students reported carrying a weapon (gun, knife or club) on school property within the 30 days preceding the survey, according to the CDC.
  • 4% of high school students in 2011 reported being threatened or harmed with a weapon on school grounds, according to the CDC.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 58% of suburban schools and 49% of urban schools perform safety drills according to a specified plan. However, such drills are a reactive measure to respond to a threat already taking place. To truly minimize violent incidents, schools need to implement a proactive approach to threat assessment and stop violence before it occurs.

If you have any questions about Threat Assessment Training for Public and Private Schools, please contact Defender, L.L.C. by calling 410-381-8003 or fill out our Contact Form.

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

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