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School Threat Assessment Teams and the Intelligence Cycle

Written by  JIM SHARP

Response to an act of mass violence at a school remains a hot topic for emergency response agencies across our country. When I first began teaching and presenting seminars on this ugliest of subjects, I was called names: “fear-monger,” “reactionary,” and worse. That was more than 15 years ago, and my, how times have changed. Today it is almost the only topic any educator wants to discuss. I may be in a school to speak with their students about severe weather safety, earthquakes, or any number of topics. While the kids will indeed be interested in those subjects, the teachers and administrators want to talk about the possibility of a shooter in their building. Many educators today acknowledge the goal of educating children has become secondary to the goal of protecting children. Planning meetings are consumed with talk of maps and apps, access and traffic control, evacuation, relocation, reunification, communication, triage,