The 2014 Student Safety Report unfortunately validates that many of the same overall risks and liabilities identified last year still exist. The results reveal students observe and know about things most school administrators don’t. Students are talking about concerning behaviors (hurting others, self-harm/cutting themselves, suicidal ideations, bringing weapons to school, drugs/alcohol and other risks) among themselves, but unfortunately these valuable pre-incident indicators are not being shared with the right people – threat assessment and prevention teams.
“Clearly school administrators face mounting obligations and liabilities” said Rick Shaw, CEO of Awareity. “The bottom line is concerning behaviors and warning signs are almost always observed, so most liabilities and tragedies are preventable. However, the path to prevention requires 6 essential steps and most schools are not equipped to accomplish these essential steps and find themselves in constant reaction and crisis management mode.”