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Creating an Effective Threat Assessment Process for K-12 Schools

Here’s how you can create a multi-disciplinary team, as well as an effective threat management process.

One of the most challenging tasks K-12 school administrators must face is dealing effectively with a student exhibiting signs that he or she could act out and possibly hurt themselves or others.

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At the 2016 Idaho Prevention and Support Conference held in Sun Valley, Idaho this spring, Campus Safety spoke with Mike Munger of the Boise Independent School District on how districts, particularly those with minimal resources, can put together effective threat assessment teams.

He then discusses the threat assessment process as it often applies to schools. He also covers how to manage a threat after it has been assessed, which often includes providing resources to the student so they can get the help they need.

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Robin has been covering the security and campus law enforcement industries since 1998 and is a specialist in school, university and hospital security, public safety and emergency management, as well as emerging technologies and systems integration. She joined CS in 2005 and has authored award-winning editorial on campus law enforcement and security funding, officer recruitment and retention, access control, IP video, network integration, event management, crime trends, the Clery Act, Title IX compliance, sexual assault, dating abuse, emergency communications, incident management software and more. Robin has been featured on national and local media outlets and was formerly associate editor for the trade publication Security Sales & Integration. She obtained her undergraduate degree in history from California State University, Long Beach.

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