What if…seeing students in trouble: Vol 93

Concerned Parent

SAFER SCHOOLS NEWS-VOL. 93  

What if… seeing a student in trouble.

What then?

 

 

What if… 

a mother knew her son was having trouble dealing with a recent break-up between her and his Dad.

What if…

a dad knew his son was having difficulty in school and had run away from home several times.

What if…

the police knew this student from several encounters, all small but escalating in frequency.

What if…

a student’s brother knew that he was fascinated with guns and death and had modified a pellet pistol to look real.

What if...

one of the few friends this student has knew that he was talking about suicide and dying.

What if…

the counselor knew this student was being picked on by others and that he had transferred to another school in an effort to learn socialization and study skills.

What if…

other students at the school knew this student was talking about suicide almost daily.

Unfortunately…

all of the above are true statements about a real student who committed suicide at his school. There was danger that he might also kill other students. His chosen method of death was to force the police to shoot him. It would seem that there must have been some way to see how desperately this child needed help. All of the information above was available but in disjointed slices of isolated tid-bits rather than as a composite.

What if…

the school had a system to observe early warning signs and a trained team who could assess the student in an objective manner to determine if he is in need of intervention.

What if…

the school had a decision tree that would show what actions to take and what services were available.

Keys To Safer Schools.com can provide the training to your school to establish such a program. It is called Assessing the Potentially Dangerous Student. Contact Keys Today to avoid another violent tragedy. What if…the next suicidal or homicidal student is on your campus or in your classroom 

If you have any comments or questions please Email us at keys@keystosaferschools.com.

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