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ERIC Number: EJ894676
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
When Students Make Threats
Kanan, Linda M.
Principal Leadership, v10 n8 p12-16 Apr 2010
Much has been written about the use of threat assessment. Schools are encouraged to have threat assessment teams and a threat assessment process as part of a comprehensive safe schools effort. Encouraging and enabling all members of the school community to report possible threats in a timely manner is an essential component of an effective threat assessment process. Equally important is having procedures in place for evaluating the information and acting on it in way that protects the well-being of all students and staff members, including the student who has displayed the threatening behavior. Principals must take the lead in encouraging every member of the school community to be part of the safety system. Students, staff members, and parents can alert administrators to threat behavior if they learn how to recognize the warning signs of potential violence and the importance of reporting concerns in a timely manner. The information from reporting initiates the threat assessment process. In this article, the author stresses that a trained team, a clear and fair process to evaluate the seriousness of the concerns and develop intervention plans, and a way to document the concerns are all part of good prevention efforts for the school and community. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A