ERIC Number: ED465925
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Preventing School Shootings: A Summary of a U.S. Secret Service Safe School Initiative Report.
Department of Justice, Washington, DC. National Inst. of Justice.
This article summarizes the U.S. Secret Service Safe School Initiative: An Interim Report on the Prevention of Targeted Violence in Schools. Targeted violence is a term developed by the Secret Service to refer to any incident of violence where a known attacker selects a particular target prior to the act of violence. Because of the Secret Services expertise in the study and prevention of targeted violence, the Secretary of Education asked the agency to conduct a similar operational study of school shootings. The findings clearly emphasize the importance of paying attention and listening to Americas young people. More than a handful of adults--parents, teachers, school administrators and counselors, coaches, and law enforcement--can make an important contribution to and play a key role in preventing violence in school grounds. The study found that when young people plan targeted violence they often tell at least one person about their plans, give out specifics before the event takes place, and obtain weapons they need. An important effort in prevention may be to ensure that young people have opportunities to talk with caring adults. (GCP)
Descriptors: Crisis Management, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Guns, Predictor Variables, Prevention, School Safety, School Security, Victims of Crime, Violence
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Publication Type: Journal Articles
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Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. National Inst. of Justice.