Thirty-four percent (34%) of students say they are aware of an individual who poses a risk to their school, according to Awareity’s 2014 Student Safety Report.

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.

Awareity’s online student survey is designed to gather current data on school climate, and responses from nearly 6,500 K-12 students (from 14 states and Canada) reveal numerous gaps in schools and painful challenges facing youth today.

Almost 80% of students surveyed are witnessing and/or experiencing bullying at school. Sadly, when students reported bullying, they say things got better only 17% of the time – either nothing happens or the behaviors escalate! And when students were asked why they are staying quiet about bullying-related behaviors, 28% said they are scared to make the situation worse. How can student achievement improve if this is the current school climate?

“Clearly school administrators face mounting obligations and liabilities,” said Rick Shaw, CEO of Awareity. “If schools are unable to connect the dots between students, parents, teachers, staff and administrators, as a Nation we will continue to see more students becoming disconnected, withdrawing from school, resorting to violence or tragically taking matters into their own hands. 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 steps, finding themselves in constant reaction and crisis management mode.”

The 2014 report highlights the most critical findings and outlines the top 6 steps every school administrator should be taking to proactively prevent mounting liabilities related to student safety concerns, bullying, online behaviors, incident reporting failures and school response efforts.

The 2014 report can be downloaded at https://awareity.com/2014-student-safety-report/.

About Awareity:
Awareity helps leading schools and organizations prevent the preventable and transform the status quo. Awareity is reinventing the tools schools and organizations use to improve student/employee safety, while proactively preventing regulatory failures, compliance fines, lawsuits, privacy breaches, accountability lapses, incident reporting failures, workplace violence and more. Awareity offers an innovative and cost-effective prevention platform, equipping organizations with the right tools for anonymous incident reporting, threat assessment, behavior analysis, interventions, training, documentation and more. For more information about TIPS visit www.awareity.com or contact Awareity at info@awareity.com.

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