School Violence – Great Strategies but no Simple Answers

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Strategies exist to address school violence but there are no simple answers.

As a non-profit school safety center, a primary goal for Safe Havens International is to provide a wealth of low-cost and no-cost school safety resources.  Many of these free resources can help to prevent school violence.  As part of our non-profit mission, Safe Havens International recently released a series of web-deliverable no-cost training videos based on the research for our groundbreaking new book Staying Alive – How to Act Fast and Survive Deadly Encounters.  The book was released in bookstores this week and has received superb reviews from subject matter experts and practitioners from across the United States and as far away as Kenya. 

No-cost school safety training video

One of the powerful high-definition videos produced by our award-winning school safety video crew is titled Staying Alive – Warning Signs of Violence and Student Threat Assessment.  This excellent video provides strategies that are backed by research and evaluation and is an excellent resource for school officials who want to provide high impact yet non-alarmist information for staff in just a few minutes.  Like the other videos in this series, Staying Alive – Warning Signs of Violence and Student Threat Assessment is an excellent staff development resource for a regularly scheduled staff meeting. 

School Violence Expert Dr. Dewey Cornell

Safe Havens is grateful that one of the nation’s most respected student threat assessment experts, Dr. Dewey Cornell, agreed to meet with our video crew for a taping session.  Dr. Cornell has conducted extensive research on school homicide rates and has earned an excellent reputation in the field through his meticulous focus on peer review research.  Dr. Cornell provides an excellent, factual overview to help us better understand school violence and what we can do about it.


Calm and factual school safety assessment

While alarmist information relating to school violence has become pervasive and incredibly destructive, this video helps to provide information on proven prevention concepts while also affording a balanced and rational assessment that can help educators and other advocates for children develop effective priorities for utilization of often precious and limited resources of time, energy and funding.    Please take the time to view this excellent video and help us in our mission to provide free school violence information by sharing this video with anyone who may find it to be helpful in their 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.