School Safety - Understanding Threat Assessments

Dr. Randy Wessman

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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The Role of Threat Assessment Protocol in Safe School Communities


Most of our students will complete their schooling without ever being exposed to peer violence. Nevertheless, recent school attacks carried out by students have shaken the image of schools as reliably safe and secure environments.  On a fundamental level, a school safety program is an exercise in risk management. 

One element of that risk management is threat assessment. Threat assessment is a set of strategies and procedures to help identify potential threats and the likelihood that they will occur. In this presentation, we examine current research and touch on the legal implications and pragmatic elements that make up a good threat assessment protocol. This protocol shares the broader concerns in our schools such as bullying and social-emotional issues that lead to peer violence. 

This presentation will focus on Dr. Dewey Cornell'sComprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines.  It is intended for K-12 school-based multidisciplinary teams including administration, law enforcement, and mental health.  It incorporates guidance from the FBI and U.S. Secret Service reports on school shootings, and allows teams to evaluate student and adult threats of violence, quickly resolve less serious transient threats, and take appropriate action in response to more serious, substantive threats.

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USA-Kansas Members - $100
Non-Members - $200

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