School Violence in the News

US school violence is once again making international news this week. The first incident happened on Monday, October 21st in Sparks, NV. A twelve-year-old boy brought a gun to school. When he was done firing, two fellow students were critically injured, a teacher was dead and the perpetrator had taken his own life: Sparks Middle School shooting: Shooter’s motive remains a mystery | Reno Gazette-Journal | rgj.com.

Yesterday schools in Danvers, MA didn’t open due to the homicide investigation of a 24-year-old mathematics teacher. A fourteen year old male student is being tried as an adult in that case: Teen accused of killing teacher, 24, in Danvers – Boston.com.

Also yesterday, in Vancouver, WA, an eleven year old boy was taken into custody after it was discovered that he had brought a gun and 400 rounds of ammunition to school: Boy, 11, arrested after weapon, ammunition found at Frontier Middle School | The Columbian.

And let’s not think that such events can’t happen here in Blaine County. Gun violence already happened in January of this year at Wood River High School: Idaho Mountain Express: After gunshot, more security at schools – January 16, 2013.

We can do much more than simply worry about the next time violence might break out in our schools. And we can do more than prepare for and react to an unfolding situation. According to Dan Korem of Korem and Associates, the people who are likely to perpetrate such violence can be identified and helped before they commit crimes: Profiling the Random Actor – Korem and Associates. I encourage our school administrators and security personnel to seriously consider applying Korem and Associates training and techniques.

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