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Are School Shootings Becoming More Frequent? We Ran The Numbers

By Luis Melgar Published on May 21, 2019 If in recent years it seems that school shootings are happening more frequently, occupying public discourse and media coverage, it’s because they are. Although school shootings are still very rare compared to daily gun violence, the data show they are happening more often. It can be hard to measure school shootings...

The End of Police in Schools

By Lauren Camera, Senior Education Writer  Published on June 12, 2020   As demonstrations over the death of George Floyd spread across the country, school districts are reevaluating the use of resource officers. Two days later, Portland Public Schools followed suit, with Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero announcing that the district will discontinue the regular presence of police...

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Beyond Gun Control: Implementing Mental Health Interventions for the School Shooting Crisis in California

Agnes M. Varghese, Danielle E. Delany, Morgan L. Dundon
Executive Summary: Over the last 10 years, the United States has witnessed a striking increase in school shootings (Riedman and O’Neil 2020). Most legislation addressing the issue has been focused on gun control with liberal states such as California passing stringent gun laws. However, it is important to acknowledge that the school shooting crisis is a multifaceted problem that will not be resolved by gun regulations alone. California should establish socialemotional learning programs in K-12 schools to help address the underlying issues that drive individuals to gun violence. These programs will provide students with the skills necessary to reduce aggressive behaviors as well as increase overall student well-being and academic achievement (Espelage et al. 2013). Along with gun control measures, California’s policymakers should establish social-emotional learning programs in K-12 schools to reduce the number of school shooting incidents. Effective implementation of such programs could transform California from the state with the highest rate of school shootings in the country to an exemplary model for other states to follow in tackling the school shooting crisis.

Screening for potential school shooters through the weight of evidence

Yair Neumana, Yoav Lev-Rana, Eden Shalom Erezb
The challenge of automatically screening for potential school shooters involves several difficulties. In this paper, we present a simple and interpretable methodology for screening for potential school shooters through (1) the psychological textual signature of the shooter and (2) Jaynes approach for measuring the weight of evidence. We have tested our proposed approach on a dataset of texts written by shooters and non-shooters alike (N = 5047). Our major finding is that the methodology can successfully support the screening for potential shooters in interpretable way. The major implication for stakeholders is that there is great potential in developing screening systems for improving the safely of schools. However, developing such a system is a project that must be actualized within an integrated system of “command and control”.

School Shootings Revisted for Clinicians

Eleanor Lastrapes, MD; Bailey Vasquez, BS; Heather Baker, LCSW; Julio I. Rojas, PhD, LADC; Britta K. Ostermeyer, MD, MBA
School shootings are an unfortunate reality that have become more prevalent in recent years, impacting countless lives throughout the country, and the number of incidents continues to rise. Despite the increasing incidence of these shooting events and widespread media coverage, school shooters' characteristics and risk factors have not been well categorized. The aim of this article is to highlight these areas through a review of current literature pertaining to school shootings.

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December 12, 2018 BBC News. https://www.bbc.com/news/business-46507514
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