ABOUT THIS SITE

Welcome! Wherever you are entering the U.S. national dialogue on the prevention of school shootings from, you are here for a reason. People often do not choose to be in this movement, but are drawn by life, circumstances, tragedies, and hope. Join your voice and heart to help in this large but solvable national problem.

WARNINGS SIGNS

The FBI lists 15 traits that are Warning Signs or Trip wires for identifying people who might commit acts of mass violence, which can be arranged under three headings (described below in detail):

  1. Actions (one/few times),
  2. Behaviors (process-oriented/over time), and
  3. Circumstances.

ACTIONS – (one time, leakage) tattoos, weapons/explosives, talk of violence, planning, cessation of medications, intense interest in shootings/death, reckless behaviors, saying farewell, experimental contact with targets/surveillance, methods of threat (indirect, direct) through a variety of means (email, notes, texts, comments, graffiti, etc), i.e. leakage

BEHAVIORS (process, change-related) social media change, drastic new appearance/hygiene change, suicidal ideation, withdrawal from life

CIRCUMSTANCES – humiliation, vengeance

SEE THE FULL FBI LIST, PAGE 90

CONNECTED HEARTS AND MINDS

People who are willing to carry on a dialogue about school shooting prevention embody three characteristics:

  • Compassion - we only join this discussion if we care.
  • Creativity - bringing new ideas and enthusiasm, while being willing to listen.
  • Consistency - coming up with solutions means not being satisfied with media portrayals or delays in the discussion. We have to continue to support students by not giving up their need for school safety.

The community of practicitioners, advocates, and concerned citizens includes folks from all walks of life and even students as well. It is an uphill battle to create a sense of awareness when the historical dialogue has endlessly focused on the 'next story' while not learning from the previous one.

INTERVENTIONS & DIALOGUE


Reach In
  • What it means to Reach In
  • Understanding FBI Warning signs for school shootings
  • Developing an Effective threat assessment program

Reach Out
  • What it means to Reach Out
  • Understanding two effective models that work
  • Developing advocacy-based approaches
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