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Preventing, Preparing for Critical Incidents in Schools   [open pdf - 518KB]

The article, Preventing, Preparing for Critical Incidents in Schools, by Beth Schuster describes how schools can prevent and prepare for critical incidents such as the most devastating school shooting in U.S. history which took place in Columbine High School in Jefferson, CO. "The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is working to help people who work in and around schools create safe environments for teaching and learning. The Institute develops and distributes tools to aid teachers, administrators, staff and law enforcement in preventing, preparing for and responding to critical incidents in schools. A 2002 study by the U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Department of Education -- funded in part by NIJ -- took a closer look at 37 incidents of targeted school violence in the United States between December 1974 and May 2000. 'Targeted violence' -- a term developed by the Secret Service -- refers to any incident of violence where a known (or knowable) attacker selected a particular target prior to the attack. The study explored the behavior of the student-attackers in the 37 incidents in an effort to identify information that could help communities prevent future school attacks."

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2009-03
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Public Domain
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National Institute of Justice: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij/
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application/pdf
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NIJ Journal (March 2009), no.262
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