“Effective threat assessment is based on the combined efforts of a threat assessment team, usually composed of trained school-based personnel and select members of the broader school community such as law enforcement, faith leaders, and representatives of social service agencies,” the NASP says on its website.
“School personnel should include top administrators, mental health professionals, and security staff. The interdisciplinary team approach improves the efficiency and scope of the assessment process, provides diverse professional input, and minimizes the risk of observer bias. Specific training for all members of the team is essential!”
With our local schools already pinching pennies just to try to educate kids, funding for that kind of operation would be tough to come by. But in this new, scary, Internet-driven world, it’s something each district has almost no choice but to attempt.