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What if a student needs immediate help and we miss it?

Student in troubleSAFER SCHOOLS NEWS-VOL. 94

What if….

seeing students in trouble and nothing is done?


LEARN about…
Assessing the Potentially Dangerous Student
Risk/Threat Assessment Teams

Is your School/Business Prepared? –  Learn More


What if…  Have you ever played this out in your head after a traumatic event? Perhaps you had an argument with someone then later started asking yourself,What ifI had said, ‘I am sorry’ rather than all those hateful things?” Or maybe you were involved in an auto accident and later found yourself asking,What ifI had waited another second before pulling out?”

This is an excellent exercise for anyone to go through. It will help reassure yourself that you made the best choice at the time or it will help to take a better path the next time.

There have been serious issues of violent acts (Map of School Shootings) on school campuses of late and it would serve schools, communities and law enforcement well to ask ourselves, “What if…”

A young man died at a school recently. It received much press and air time as such events will. The initial reports have been voices of anger, grief, resentment, accusations and even self serving. As the dust settles and the emotions wane, it would be good if we looked at all the information that was available before the tragedy and try to determine if it was possible to see it coming. As you read this article keep in mind that there is no attempt to assess blame. The only focus is prevention. By careful examination of one incident, future tragedies can be avoided.

What ifa mother knew her son was having trouble dealing with a recent break-up between her and his Dad, even thought they were back together for now?

What ifa dad knew his son was having difficulty in school and had run away from home several times?

What ifa school employee had heard this student threaten to blow up a school bus, but dismissed it because she knew he did not have a bomb?

What ifthe police knew this student from several encounters, all small but escalating in frequency?

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

What ifone of the few friends this student has, knew that he was talking about suicide and dying?

What ifthe counselor knew this student was being picked on by others and that he had transferred to another school after an altercation then returned?

What ifother 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.

See what the FBI recently said on this topic!

Developing a Risk/Threat Assessment TeamWhat ifthe school had a system to observe early warning signs and a trained team who could do a lay person’s assessment of the student in an objective manner to determine if he is in need of immediate intervention?

What ifthe school had a decision tree that would show what actions to take and what services were available that was based on Nation & International Research?

What if  schools in the USA, Canada & Europe had been utilizing this National and International program with great success of identifying students who need immediate help?

Keys’ can provide the training to your school, district or organization 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, who needed help but did not get it,  is on your campus or in your classroom.

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