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Impacted Whether They Know It or Not: A Systems Approach to Preventing School Shootings

Impacted Whether They Know It or Not: A Systems Approach to Preventing School Shootings
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Author(s): J. Kevin Cameron (North American Center for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response (NACTATR), Canada)
Copyright: 2022
Pages: 18
Source title: Impact of School Shootings on Classroom Culture, Curriculum, and Learning
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Gordon A. Crews (The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-5200-1.ch005

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Abstract

In the past 20 years, schools have been increasingly exposed to school shootings in which many of the victims are targeted at random. Despite recent progress in coping with school crises such as suicide, accidental death, and targeted violence, the advent of random-type school shootings has left mental health, education, law enforcement, and other professionals struggling to deal with this type of traumatic event in terms of its aftermath and its prevention. In this chapter, a systems-oriented approach—rather than an individually-focused approach to traumatic events—the Traumatic Event Systems (TES) model, is proposed to increase the understanding and the effectiveness of professionals in responding to the aftermath of school shootings. The companion model, the Violence Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA), is proposed with a trauma-informed threat assessment practice that creates a nexus between prior trauma and future violence potential through an understanding of the “trauma-violence continuum.”

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