National School Safety Resources (NSSR)
The National School Safety Resources (NSSR) is a new initiative centered around promoting and accelerating multidisciplinary efforts to build, maintain, and manage schools that are safe from violence; in particular from law enforcement perspective with a focus on active shooter and other mass casualty hostile events. It will endeavor to support all communities in creating school environments that minimize the potential threats and maximize the potential survivability, while providing insight to public safety and recognizing that the first responsibility of a school is to educate.
ANNOUNCEMENT: US Secret Service Releases New Report on School Violence
The study, Protecting America’s Schools: A U.S. Secret Service Analysis of Targeted School Violence, identifies 41 incidents of attacks against K-12 schools in the United States from 2008 to 2017. Researchers with the Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) have examined the background and behaviors of the attackers and identified a series of key findings and significant commonalities. The report identifies ten key findings among the 41 incidents:
- There is no profile of a student attacker, nor is there a profile for the type of school that has been targeted.
- Attackers usually had multiple motives, the most common involving a grievance with classmates.
- Most attackers used firearms, and firearms were most often acquired from the home.
- Most attackers had experienced psychological, behavioral, or developmental symptoms.
- Half of the attackers had interests in violent topics, like the Columbine shooting or Hitler.
- All attackers experienced social stressors involving their relationships with peers and/or romantic partners.
- Nearly every attacker experienced negative home life factors.
- Most attackers were victims of bullying, which was often observed by others.
- Most attackers had a history of school disciplinary actions, and many had prior contact with law enforcement.
- All attackers exhibited concerning behaviors. Most elicited concern from others, and most communicated their intent to attack.
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An Obligation to Ensure Our Schools are Zones of Safety
Concerned about the increasing incidence of school violence, the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) has moved to address the myriad of challenges surrounding this serious issue. Assuredly, everyone has a real and moral obligation to ensure our schools are zones of safety. While school violence is a valid national concern, it has an immediate effect most felt in local jurisdictions.
While jurisdictions could build a “Fort Knox” facility for each school, that would still not resolve school violence. The approach must be layered and shaped for each community. Many challenges face us in this endeavor such as: school structure; preparedness; legal and privacy concerns; training; measurement and metrics; collaboration with all aspects within the community and available resources. Additionally, as communities we need to look strenuously at legislation which hinders our children’s safety or could enhance it. Further, no cohesive repository of numerous resources has been fully identified and made available to communities.
Creating a Structure for True Analysis of the Entanglement of School Violence Issues
NSA is striving to convene a workgroup to begin to put together a structure for true analysis of the entanglement of school violence issues. This group would look at practices addressing school violence and make them available to communities of differing size and shape. We know state and local legislative bodies have made strides in dealing with the issue. We also know the health and mental health fields have solutions and are vital partners.
There is no question except we take action forthwith! We must find and promote evidenced-based practices to mitigate this crisis. Information must be shared among the law enforcement, intelligence and health communities, particularly mandatory reporting of all threats. There will be some tasks which are non-negotiable, requiring massive cooperation and sharing of information, practices and policies.
NSA Believes the Solution to School Safety Exists
We propose to lead participants who are decision makers from: Federal; Industry; Health and Mental Health; Schools; Legislative Bodies; Governors and Local Officials; Architects; Parents and Children to assemble necessary information and give it an open-source, easily accessible central repository.
Promote & Accelerate Multidisciplinary Efforts to Build, Maintain, & Manage Safe Schools
We will assemble Subject-Matter Experts (SME’s) for guidance and validation of the information assembled, insuring the solutions enunciated are Affordable, Feasible and Sustainable. We will then assemble the structure of the repository for ease of use. This initiative will promote and accelerate multidisciplinary efforts to build, maintain, and manage schools that are safe from violence; in particular from law enforcement perspectives with a focus on active shooter and other mass casualty hostile events. It will endeavor to support all communities in creating school environments that minimize the potential threats, maximize potential survivability, insight to public safety and recognize that the first responsibility of a school is to educate. It is clear we, as a nation and local communities, must “seize the moment” because the time is now upon us.