by Sean Hedden
The Guide for Preventing and Responding to School Violence, 2nd ed., although intended as a guide for police officers, can be helpful for school administrators, counselors, and community representatives who want to learn about the elements that can help identify and prevent violent behavior in youth. Published in cooperation with the Bureau of Justice Assistance under the DOJ and the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the book is now available online to anyone.
The Guide examines the role of prevention for school staff, students, parents, the community, and law enforcement. It gives school staff, as well as police officers, information on how to assess threats, as well as details on how to plan and prepare for a minor or a major crisis. It even considers the roles of the players after the unfortunate possibility that there is a crisis. At the end of the Guide, there is a list of invaluable resources helpful to anyone wanting to learn more about prevention of youth and school violence.