Mass shootings are becoming increasingly deadly. Recent studies have demonstrated that active shooter drills may increase anxiety and fear among students, as well as contribute to a negative school culture, which is a risk factor for school violence. Data indicates that before mass violence takes place, there is typically an immediate trigger in the perpetrator’s life. Crisis intervention training, which teaches how to calm someone experiencing a crisis, could be an equally key component of violence prevention. Teaching students, faculty, and staff how to recognize and respond to someone in a crisis, by connecting them to available resources, such as low-cost treatment, can stop a potentially fatal incident from occurring.
Jillian Peterson and James Densley