The National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) suggests schools should create specific teams that are responsible for identifying and reporting violent security threats. According to an analysis by the National Threat Assessment Center, there are 5 steps to mitigate potential risks.
- Pool resources together for a single team that serves an entire district or county or have separate teams for each school.
- Include personnel from a variety of disciplines within the school community, including teachers, guidance counselors, coaches, school resource officer, mental health professionals, and school administrators. Ensure varying points of view will be represented and access to information and resources be broad.
- The team should have a designated leader which is usually occupied by a senior administrator within the school.
- Teams should establish protocols and procedures for a smoother assessment process where each member is aware of their own role in the process.
- Team members should meet regularly, not just when a concerning student or situation has been brought to their attention.
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