Rockwood School District and the U.S. Secret Service sponsored an event that provided threat assessment training for school officials on Aug. 28 at Lafayette High School.
Nearly 300 participants, including school resource officers, police investigators, school administrators, school counselors and school social workers, took part in the event. The training was provided by personnel from the National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC), a component of the U.S. Secret Service.
The NTAC conducts research, training and consultation on threat assessment and the prevention of targeted violence.
The following topics were addressed:
- Identifying potential threats and students who may be exhibiting concerning behaviors
- Investigating and gathering information on the background and behaviors of concerning students
- Assessing whether students pose a threat of violence or other harmful behavior
- Developing risk management strategies and interventions
"All schools are talking about ways in which we can keep our students safe," said Rockwood Executive Director Student Services Dr. Terry Harris. "This national threat model is very successful in keeping the president safe and so we can use the same to keep our students safe."
Lafayette High Principal Dr. Karen Calcaterra says she appreciates the opportunity.
"The U.S. Secret Service brings a whole wealth of knowledge and study and research that allows us to come together as a community and share some time learning from each other," said Calcaterra. "This allows me to take new information and evaluate the current plans and practices that we have – and to determine what we are doing well and what we need to think more about and what we need to do differently."
Lafayette counselor Sarah Hicks agrees.
"I've never had this sort of training," said Hicks. "It seemed like it was a good event for my colleagues and I to attend. It allows us to realize what plans we have in place and what other things we could do to prepare and prevent threats."