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ERIC Number: EJ888577
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
Keeping Schools Safe through Threat Assessment
Barton, Rhonda
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v74 n1 p20-25 Sep 2008
This article illustrates how effective a threat assessment program like the Mid-Valley Student Threat Assessment (STAT) program can be in dealing with violent and threatening students. STAT is a a regional system that draws together resources from schools, mental health agencies, law enforcement bureaus, and other youth-serving organizations in the Salem-Keizer and rural Willamette Valley area about 45 miles south of Portland, OR. The system provides support for 19 school districts serving 80,000 students in three counties. It's designed to address two common types of violence: targeted violence that's planned and aimed at specific individuals and reactive violence that's an immediate, emotional response to provocation or a perceived threat. School psychologist John Van Dreal said that the process allowed them to combine best-practice research, their own experience and professional expertise, and the ideas of their regional experts in a system that's preventative and supportive of schools, youth, and the community. Tips on implementing a Threat Assessment System are also given.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Oregon