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ERIC Number: ED466024
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-May
Pages: 51
Abstractor: N/A
The Final Report and Findings of the "Safe School Initiative": Implications for the Prevention of School Attacks in the United States.
Vossekuil, Bryan; Fein, Robert A.; Reddy, Marisa; Borum, Randy; Modzeleski, William
This publication results from on ongoing collaboration between the U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Department of Education. Its goals are to determine whether it could have been known that incidents of targeted violence at schools were being planned and whether anything could have been done to prevent them from occurring. Results from the Secret Service's Exceptional Case Study Project (ECSP) are used to organize planning. This report describes the Safe School Initiative, defines "targeted" school violence, and discusses the prevalence of school violence in American schools. The methodology of this study, sources of information, and an analysis of survey responses are also discussed. Incidents of targeted school violence are characterized, including characteristics of the attacker, conceptualization of the attack, and signaling, advancing, and resolving the attack. Implications of study findings and the use of threat assessment as a strategy to prevent school violence are presented. Appendix A lists incidents of targeted school violence by state; Appendix B lists these incidents by year; and Appendix C is a list of resources. Contact information follows the appendices. (Contains 13 references and 2 Web site resources.) (RT)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Administrators; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Education, Washington, DC.; United States Secret Service, Washington, DC.
Note: An update and expansion of the earlier "Interim Report on the Prevention of Targeted Violence in Schools," released in October 2000. Supercedes the Interim Report and should be used and referenced in place of it.