Research-based threat assessment key to stopping school violence, KASB’s Weseman says

Research-based threat assessments are key to stopping violence in schools and will be the focus of upcoming workshops at KASB.

KASB’s Randy Weseman, a former school superintendent who has studied extensively violence in schools, will conduct three sessions next month on making schools safer: “What Every Board Member Should Know About Safe and Secure Schools.”

In an interview with WIBW, Weseman said the training focuses on opening lines of communication and trust between schools, law enforcement, staff, students and parents. That way, threats can be known and evaluated.

“In early work by the Secret Service, that developed the original threat assessment model, they determined that 92 percent of threats are basically advertised well ahead of time,” Weseman told WIBW. “So what this process does is vet them (the threats), evaluate them and then provide interventions down the road once a determination is made about the validity of the threat.”

Here is a link to full story and interview.

And here is a link to a KASB Live conversation with Weseman about school threats and the upcoming workshops that will be held in McPherson, Sept. 10; Colby, Sept. 11 and Olathe, Sept. 12. During these sessions, board members will discuss what measures schools are taking and should be taking to keep their schools safe.

On Oct. 28, KASB will host a threat assessment team training based on the Virginia Student Threat Assessment guidelines, which is an evidence-based model of school threat assessment that is being used by many schools. Participation in this training will be limited to space available.

For more information on these sessions, go to this link.

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