In the following interview, Tommy Tucker discusses mass shooters and the things we have learned about them with Jillian Peterson. Listen here. Author: Tommy Tucker Source: WWL First News … [Read more...]
What Do We Know About Mass Shootings?
Preventing Student Violence: 3 Key Takeaways
"In her own work, Peterson and her fellow researchers have found variation in how trained law-enforcement officers even respond to hypothetical situations, like a student drawing of a violent act. That’s why Peterson favors a “slight rebrand” of threat assessment, preferring to call it “crisis management” instead. A student may be in an … [Read more...]
A New Mexico man convinced the FBI he was not a threat. Then he carried out a school shooting.
"The missed signals in the case echo what happened before the school shootings in Parkland, Florida, when the FBI failed to act on tips about the shooter, and in Oxford, Michigan, where school officials are accused of ignoring obvious warning signs. “This is yet another example of system failure,” said James Densley, an expert in mass shootings … [Read more...]
School closures are costly caution — but are still not enough to prevent tragedies
"On Nov. 30, 11 people were shot, four fatally, at Oxford High School, about 45 miles north of Detroit. The crime scene investigation understandably closed the school for a week. Threats of copycat violence then closed the school again. Shooting threats typically increase after a high-profile school shooting because the public is on high alert … [Read more...]
Assessing Shooting Threats Is a Matter of Life or Death. Why Aren’t Experts Better at It?
"In Davison, Mich., 20 miles north of the site of the mass shooting at Oxford High School on Nov. 30, a middle schooler sits in prison for threatening a school shooting in 2019. For claiming the “trench coat mafia”—a reference to a debunked 1999 Columbine shooting conspiracy—and drawing up a detailed plan of attack, he was convicted of a 20-year … [Read more...]