Wednesday, September 06, 2006

School Shootings: U.S. Secret Service Findings and Implications

The National Threat Assessment Center of the United States Secret Service has a compelling Safe School Initiative.  It is based on completion of a in dept study of various school shootings and school based attacks conducted in collaboration with the Department of Education.
The insightful study found that school shootings are rarely impulsive and are typically planned out in advance.  Also, prior to most school shootings, other youth were aware of its likelihood but remained silent.
The tragic consequences of some school shootings and other acts of violence are preventable and school climates can be cultivated by administrators providing vigilant leadership with establishing continuous educational venues on violence prevention for the entire school community.  In service day staff training highlighting the U.S. Secret Services findings and implications is one of many recommended violence prevention programs.

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