School Violence Resources

These resources were developed to help educators and administrators support students and families cope with bullying and school violence.

  • Threat Assessment at School

    Threat assessment represents an important component of a comprehensive approach to school safety that gives schools an alternative to zero tolerance discipline policies that have proven to be ineffective and counterproductive. … more

  • Bullying Prevention

    Bullying is an unacceptable behavior that adults and students have a responsibility to stop. Schools must have clear and comprehensive prevention practices and policies that address all forms of bullying and harassment. … more

  • School Violence Prevention

    All schools work to prevent school violence and schools are very safe places. Students, staff, and parents all have an important role in promoting school safety. … more

  • Recovery From Large-Scale Crises: Guidelines for Crisis Teams and Administrators

    The United States has recently experienced numerous large-scale crises that resulted in high death tolls and extensive property damage. Critical incidents such as suicide contagion, natural disasters, or mass casualty events have the potential to cause traumatic reactions and significantly affect children’s sense of safety and security. … more

  • Responding to a Mass Casualty Event at a School: General Guidance for the First Stage of Recovery

    It is important to balance sufficient building security with a healthy, nurturing, school environment. The goal is to reassure students that although there is a possibility of violence occurring in a school, the probability of a school experiencing a high-profile violent act is extremely low. … more

  • Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers

    High profile acts of violence, particularly in schools, can confuse and frighten children who may feel in danger or worry that their friends or loved-ones are at risk. They will look to adults for information and guidance on how to react. Parents and school personnel can help children feel safe by establishing a sense of normalcy and security and talking with them about their fears. … more

  • Best Practice Considerations for Schools in Active Shooter and Other Armed Assailant Drills

    This document provides guidance on the important factors schools must take into account when considering and conducting armed assailant drills. … more

  • Mitigating Psychological Effects of Lockdowns

    While school shootings are rare, perception of risk is high. Designed to protect students from danger in and around a school, lockdowns are intended to secure a school to keep out a threat. … more

  • Reunification

    During and after a crisis, schools are accountable for maintaining the chain of custody for every student, and reunification also helps with the reestablishment of social support systems. … more