Summary of “Here’s How To Prevent The Next School Shooting, Experts Say”

Here’s How To Prevent The Next School Shooting, Experts Say : NPR Ed Hundreds of organizations and experts are calling for a public health approach to school-based violence.
On the Friday after the deadly shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, Matthew Mayer, a professor at the Rutgers Graduate School of Education, got an email during a faculty meeting.
About 200 universities, national education and mental health groups, school districts, and more than 2,300 individual experts have signed on to support this document in the weeks since.
The researchers’ policy plan calls for assessing school climate nationwide; reducing “Exclusionary practices” like suspension and expulsion; maintaining physically and emotionally safe schools; and staffing up with specialists like counselors, psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers, both in the school and in the community.
While school climate is an ongoing background effort, the public health approach has an emergency mode when it comes to violence.
A threat assessment team consists of the principal, school counselor, school psychologist and a school-based police officer.
In a school, the next steps include notifying parents, taking steps to protect victims, and referrals to mental health and law enforcement if appropriate.
A group of his colleagues wrote something similar in 2012 after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and after a group of school shootings in 2006.

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