In the wake of each tragic national and Oregon school shooting, prevention has not emerged. Instead, trauma and division cause system gaps to widen and barriers can grow. Meanwhile, schools and staff remain unprotected.
A couple years back, Oregon bought a year of a 1-800 number for students statewide to call. One year cost a million dollars. Do students call 1-800? Instead, how about an app system based in each district, for each school? For that sum, Oregon could have purchased an existing system for each of 196 districts in the state. Prevention.
These events take place locally, in specific schools. After each, gaps are visible. The question is asked, “With all these red flags, how did we miss this? We could have prevented this!” School teams themselves need communication platforms: administrators, counselors, teachers, custodians, school resource officers, coaches, students, parents, neighbors and all others must be included in a community-wide anonymous, confidential fusion information system. The system must be layered appropriately, with permissions and with system features acceptable for sharing mental health, juvenile justice and all other types of reports and tips, anonymously, all with appropriate clearances and limits for the community at large and leadership teams.
Inputs are reviewed by building and district level teams, with specific clearances and permissions to deal with threat assessment, incident management and prevention services.
Florida has just approved legislation for their systems. One works in a number of states and districts. It is called Awareity (http://awareity.com). Prevent!
Albany (March 3)