One year later, while the Florida legislature meets to tweak the well-intentioned, yet hasty, Marjorie Stoneman Douglas Act, districts and schools are still trying to figure out how to implement the full act. Schools have been hardened, guardians have been hired, threat assessment teams … well, read on.
GOT has previously reported that he was placed upon his school’s threat assessment team (TAT). He went to the mandatory training in youth mental health, and since then, well no one seems to know what to do.
While Tally (short for Tallahassee, Florida’s capital, and usually used to mean the politicians that gather there to pass laws and govern the state) debates what to do next and the governor received his wish fulfillment for the empaneling of a grand jury to investigate school districts regarding their implementation of the MSD act, which will be sited in Broward County, thus it doesn’t take a genius to figure out who the targets are, GOT has tried to move forward.
This is not a critique of anyone, but as guidance is not forthcoming, GOT has worked to find resources for school TATs and wants to share them with you.
- United States Secret Service provides a quick reference guide for safer schools as well as a more detailed manual for setting up a threat assessment team.
- The Virginia model of threat assessment.
- From the FBI, an outline for violence prevention in schools.
- The Bystander study from the U.S. Secret Service.
- Blueprints program for the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (University of Colorado).
- Student Support Services Project (University of South Florida).
These are only a few. But, as GOT told his administrator, if guidance is not forthcoming, we need to get on with the work anyway. We’ll do the best we can through research, discussion, and action.
If you are also a part of your school’s TAT and don’t know how to move forward, GOT hopes this has helped.