Risk factors for school violence
The Federal Bureau of Investigation compiled this list of risk factors in its two-year study of school shootings, which was completed in September 2000:
Questions for educators to ask about a troubled child
What is the culture of the school and how is it affecting the child?
Does he or she have problems expressing anger?
Does he or she show an inordinate fascination with violent movies, books and music?
Has he talked or written about committing violent acts?
Other traits listed
Poor coping skills
Access to weapons
Signs of depression
Drug and alcohol abuse
No limits to, or monitoring of, television and Internet use
The report also classifies levels and types of threats. Direct threats are clear: "I am going to place a bomb in the school's gym." Medium-level threats indicate possible place and time; high-level threats indicate practice with a weapon or surveillance of a victim.
Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation of 18 school shooting cases
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