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The School Shooter: A THREAT ASSESSMENT PERSPECTIVE Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG) National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC) FBI Academy Quantico, Virginia 22135
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THE SCHOOL SHOOTER: A THREAT ASSESSMENT PERSPECTIVE Mary Ellen O'Toole, PhD Supervisory Special Agent Federal Bureau of Investigation
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Youth violence has been one of the greatest single crime problems we face in this country. We have focused on this problem, working in partnership with state and local governments to develop prevention and enforcement programs that work. Youth who commit crimes of violence must be held accountable, and the punishment must be firm and fair and fit the crime. At the same time, we must do everything we can to prevent crime in the first place. We have shown that if communities, schools, government and other key players pull together to address the roots of violence, we can make America safer for our children. Communities around the country are proving that prevention and intervention strate- gies that help keep our young people out of trouble do work. It is, therefore, critical that we do all we can to identify young people who need our help, and then get them the help they need. We must continue to search for those crucial behavioral and environmental indicators which suggest that a threat of school violence may be real. That is why this report, "The School Shooter: A Threat Assessment Perspective," is so important. Although much research remains to be done, this report serves as a vital foundation. It presents a model procedure for threat assessment and intervention--including a chapter on key indi- cators that should be regarded as warning signs in evaluating threats. If we use this threat assessment model judiciously--and we must, because the risk of unfairly labeling and stigmatizing children is great--then we will be able to fight, and win, the war on two fronts. We will be in a position to help those children who show a propensity for violence, before they scar themselves (and others) forever. And we will be in a position to protect innocent school children before they become senseless victims.
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U.S. Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation Office of the Director Washington, D.C. 20535 MESSAGE FROM FBI DIRECTOR FREEH I know I speak for every parent and every educator in the nation when I say that violence in our schools is not acceptable, not at all, not ever. It is imperative that, community by community, we find the ways to protect our children and secure for them the safe places they need to learn the hard business of growing up, to learn right from wrong, to learn to be good citizens. I am, therefore, deeply appreciative of the unprecedented effort by experts from so many different disciplines that produced this practical resource, The School Shooter: A Threat Assessment Perspective. It is aimed at prevention: identifying the precursors of violence through threat assessments, then initiating an intervention process to stop
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