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.
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):
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, vengeanceSEE THE FULL FBI LIST, PAGE 90
People who are willing to carry on a dialogue about school shooting prevention embody three characteristics:
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.