School and Public Safety Officials Encounter Increased Numbers of Cyber Threats Relating to School Violence

 As a recent case in Washington State illustrates, there are individuals who will communicate threats via electronic means.  Unfortunately, this case is not unique as we have been seeing this type of situation play out for more than a decade.  Compounding the impact of the vast majority of the threats which are not actual attack warnings are the few but horrific instances where someone has made statements of great concern prior to an actual attack.

A solid relationship with law enforcement officials can provide a good foundation for schools to more effectively address these challenging situations.  Local law enforcement agencies that do not have the resources to investigate cybercrimes can obtain valuable assistance from state and federal agencies that have these types of resources.  A number of arrests have been made when local, state and/or federal agencies work to assist public and non-public schools that are the target of these malicious and sometimes disturbing threats.

About Michael Dorn

Michael Dorn serves as the Executive Director of Safe Havens International, a non-profit school safety center. The author of 27 books on school safety, Michael’s campus safety work has taken him to 11 countries over the past 34 years. A popular and powerful keynote speaker, Michael has keynoted hundreds of major conferences from Virginia to Vietnam and from Toronto to Trinidad-Tobago.

Michael has served as a university police lieutenant, a school district police chief, the School Safety Specialist for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency – Office of the Governor and as the State Anti-Terrorism Planner and later as the Lead Program Manager for the Terrorism Division of the Georgia Office of Homeland Security. A graduate of the 181 st session of the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia, Michael also received a fellowship from Georgia State University to learn anti-terrorism and community policing practices in Israel, and has both a BA and a master’s degree from Mercer University.