Respond to school shootings with proven research

A Research-based response to school shootings

Here are some books that contain good information that can help us be more likely to prevent, as well as more effectively prepare for and respond to school shootings and other school crisis events.  While there are no solutions that offer 100% protection from school shootings or other types of violence, the research and experience these authors bring to the table can help us more effectively note and react to the behaviors of people and the fast breaking situations that can be so critical in these types of incidents.  The techniques that we can use to respond to school shootings are the same techniques that help people survive tsunamis, plane crashes, fires and other types of disasters all over the world.  They also provide a balanced approach and remind us that we are far more likely to be killed or injured from everyday accidents or disease.


The Gift of Fear – Survival Signals that Protect us From Violence by Gavin DeBecker

On Combat – the Psychology of Deadly Conflict in War and Peace by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman

Sources of Power – How People Make Decisions by Gary Klein

Sharpening the Warrior’s Edge by Bruce Siddle

Unthinkable – Who Survives Disasters and Why by Amanda Ripley

I have found all of these books to be very helpful in my school safety research work.

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.