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What do the statistics tell us.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tells us the first step to preventing school violence is to understand the extent and nature of the problem. The question is how is that achieved? How do we determine what students are at risk of carrying a gun to school or what child has the potential to pull the trigger? How do we gauge whether an individual has the knowledge and capability to create a violent plan to harm others and execute it flawlessly?
Up to this point, our society has pointed fingers at one another and complained about gun control and mental health issues but the fact still remains our students are being hurt. EveryTownResearch.org reports American children are exposed to gun violence at an astronomical rate, nearly 2,900 children and teens are shot and killed and nearly 15,600 more are shot and injured. An estimated 3 million American children are exposed to shootings every year. This is not acceptable. So, what do we do? As parents, teachers and school administrators how do we ensure our children are safe while they are trying to learn?
Well-being Safety Assessments (WSA) believe they have the answer. Rebecca West, the owner and CEO of WSA has a Master's degree in Counseling and has made a career out of helping children with violent backgrounds. She knows there is no way to remove all the guns in the world or to destroy every online self-taught video on bomb-making but what we can do is be PROACTIVE.
How can we be proactive?
Just as dangerous students are learning from those who took the destructive path before them, we can also learn from what has occurred and plan accordingly.
After assessing the previous school attacks, we now know three very important facts:
1. what types of individuals are committing acts of school violence (background)
2. why they are doing it (reasoning)
3. what these individuals do prior to following through with their plan (behavior)
With this information in hand, how do we then prevent another school shooting? Well-being Safety Assessments has created a Collection of Proactive Programs to assist schools in becoming safer. Knowledge is the key to a more secure tomorrow and WSA holds over 20 years of experience in the field.
The School Violence Prevention Handbook
(Licensed for school districts use)
Use with WSA School Violence Training
Use seperately with students and staff to promote a safe and secure school