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Identify and address threatening or concerning behaviors before they lead to violence.

Reporting on a variety of concerning student behaviors and other suspicious activities provides authorities and school personnel with the information they need to stop violence before it occurs. A 2008 study showed that, prior to an act of violence, most attackers behaved in a way that made others concerned, and other people knew about the attacker’s plan. Having a threat assessment program, or a multidisciplinary group process, to evaluate these reports can significantly reduce violence, including mass casualty attacks.

Schools should establish a reporting system that is continually monitored and allows anonymous reporting. Districts and schools should establish multidisciplinary teams and threat assessment programs to assess each report and respond to threats of violence and other concerning behavior.

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The federal government identified additional resources that highlight strategies for school safety. Use these resources to learn more about threat assessment and reporting.

Fact Sheet
Threat Assessment and Reporting
Threat Assessment and Management Teams

Department of Homeland Security, 2021

This guide provides an overview of threat assessment and management teams and includes toolkits and educational materials on best practices and models.

Program
Threat Assessment and Reporting
Safe2Tell

Safe2Tell was founded on the idea that prevention and early intervention is the key to preventing violence and saving lives. The guiding principles of this safety and prevention initiative model include educating young people and school staff on critical issues; encouraging them to play a role in prevention; equipping them with a tangible direct way to report anonymously, while empowering them to make a difference.

Report
Threat Assessment and Reporting
Mass Attacks in Public Spaces

Department of Homeland Security, August 2020

This report, the third in a yearly series, provides an analysis of mass attacks that occurred in public spaces in the United States between January and December 2019. 

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