COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio is sharing free video training to help more school districts use threat assessment strategies to identify concerning behavior and prevent targeted violence.
The online videos released Wednesday discuss how to create and use threat assessment teams.
“When a shooter attacks a school we often learn afterward, there were people who knew this person posed a threat. But nothing was done,” Attorney General Dave Yost said in a news release. “We aim to prevent school violence using national proven best practices. This is not a top-down approach. Instead, we’re providing guidance to local law enforcement and school districts to fill this critical need.”
Yost adds that the three-hour curriculum provides useful information not just for educators and law enforcement but also parents and students.
The chief of the U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center says a multidisciplinary approach involving counselors, teachers, administrators and officers is the most comprehensive way to identify students in distress and intervene before they resort to violence.
The training is provided in a series of 10 video installments and a printed reference guide. The materials are also under review to be offered as an included resource on the new Federal School Safety Clearinghouse website.
Grants will also be available to help local schools build threat assessment teams. School resource officers or other law enforcement with primary responsibilities that include school safety may receive a $500 Ohio School Threat Assessment Training Grant when they complete the training and agree to help form or participate on a threat assessment team.
To qualify for the grant, law enforcement personnel must also complete an additional companion video available only to law enforcement personnel focusing on identifying vulnerabilities in the physical school building and grounds.
Materials for Ohio School Threat Assessment Training can be found here.