‘The signs are typically there; we just have to pay attention’
SAN JOSE, Calif. – It appears schools may finally start to open this summer and next fall.However, and unfortunately, this may mean we should expect school shootings to resurface.
“Deadly school shootings are not new,” says Johnathan Tal, CEO of TAL Global, an international corporate security and risk management firm. “They date back to the 1800s. What is ‘new’ now is they are more frequent and much more random.”
By more random, Tal means that early school shootings occurred when, for instance, a student was upset with a teacher.
Today, “a shooter guns down anyone that just happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
To address this, the U.S. Secret Service, is developing a “profile” of a school shooter.
“What they are finding is that school shooters invariably display warning signs,” says Tal. “It’s noticing these warning signs ahead of time that can prevent a disaster.
So, what are some of these warning signs?
According to Tal, indicators the Secret Service has uncovered include the following:
- Someone that discusses their intentions with others. “Some school shooters have shared their plans with school mates, even telling them what day and time they are planning their rampage.”
- Students that share their fascination with school shootings or shootings in general. “In today’s world, this might even be online.”
- Someone seeking fame. Others seeking revenge, after being mocked by other students or even teachers.
- People that are depressed, display harassing behavior, or have suicidal thoughts. “Once again, they may share their suicidal thoughts with others.”
A suspected student that is absent from school. “Many students report they will be absent from school on the day they plan their shooting rampage.”
Tal adds that “what we must remember is that while these shootings invariably seem impulsive, often the shooter has researched their targets and even documented their plans in writing. The signs are typically there, we just have to pay attention.”
About TAL Global
TAL Global is a twenty three-year old, elite security consulting and risk management firm that protects human and physical assets around the globe. The company includes a team of world-class, interdisciplinary security experts that join forces to identify, analyze, and mitigate risks for their clients from every vulnerability – inside and out.