The Virginia Student Threat Assessment Guidelines were developed in response to U.S. government studies recommending that schools should adopt a threat assessment approach to prevent school shootings. The Virginia Guidelines prepare school-based teams of school administrators, mental health professionals, and law enforcement officers to investigate and resolve student threats of violence using a standard decision tree. Simpler cases involving transient threats are resolved quickly while complex, substantive threats require a more extensive evaluation and development of a safety plan. Two field tests and three controlled studies demonstrated that threat assessment is a safe, efficient, and practical procedure that can reduce the use of long-term suspension from school and improve important qualities of school climate.
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Cornell, D. (2013). The Virginia Student Threat Assessment Guidelines: An Empirically Supported Violence Prevention Strategy. In: Böckler, N., Seeger, T., Sitzer, P., Heitmeyer, W. (eds) School Shootings. Springer, New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5526-4_17
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