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Identify and address safety concerns to reduce the threat of violence.

Identifying, reporting, and addressing safety concerns can help reduce the threat of targeted violence and enhance student safety. Schools can consider establishing a centralized reporting system that is continually monitored and allows for anonymous reporting to help students and other members of the school community provide information on concerns for wellness or safety. Creating a school climate characterized by support and inclusivity can also help enhance safety and foster an environment that is conducive in engaging and empowering students to report concerns.

Schools may also consider the use of well-trained and diverse multidisciplinary school threat assessment teams. These teams should include certified mental health professionals and the approach should include providing the supports and interventions students need when they need them.

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Threat Assessment and Reporting
The School Shooter: A Threat Assessment Perspective

Department of Justice

This guidance references a conference of educational, law enforcement, and mental health experts following the 1999 attack at Columbine High School. This guidance aims to assist in the prevention of school shootings.

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If You See Something, Say Something Campaign

Department of Homeland Security

This guidance informs schools of the indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime, as well as the importance of reporting suspicious activity to state and local law enforcement.

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