(Reuters) – Many assaults at public colleges in the USA may very well be prevented by figuring out college students of concern, the U.S. Secret Service mentioned on Thursday in a report that discovered attackers routinely present troubling habits that ought to be reported.
Highschool college students lie on the ground throughout a capturing drill at Bachilleres highschool in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico September 10, 2019. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez – RC1758E64DC0
The examine, which targeted not solely on mass shootings however different acts of focused violence reminiscent of knifings, bolstered earlier analysis on the warning indicators college students usually exhibit earlier than committing lethal violence at their faculty.
The Secret Service, which is primarily tasked with defending the U.S. president and different elected officers, has analyzed faculty violence because the 1999 mass capturing at Columbine Excessive Faculty in Colorado. Its newest report targeted on the last decade between 2008 and 2017.
The report didn’t embrace the deadliest capturing at a highschool in U.S. historical past, the killing of 17 individuals at Stoneman Douglas Excessive Faculty in Parkland, Florida, lone gunman carried out on Feb. 14, 2018.
The company discovered that, in 41 incidents of focused faculty violence at colleges serving kids in kindergarten by grade-twelve, all of the attackers skilled some type of social stress of their relationship with friends or a romantic accomplice and practically all had a adverse expertise of their residence life.
Most attackers had a number of motives, the report discovered, and the most typical one concerned a grievance with a classmate. For 83% of attackers, that was no less than a part of their motivation and for 61% of them it seemed to be the first driver.
The Secret Service routinely makes use of a “menace evaluation mannequin” to establish individuals with a threatening curiosity within the American president. The company has really helpful colleges undertake an identical method to forestall mass violence.
Many public colleges and faculties, within the years because the Columbine capturing and a lone gunman’s killing of 32 individuals at Virginia Tech in 2007, have used so-called behavioral intervention groups to establish troubled college students.
Within the 41 assaults studied by the Secret Service, which all concerned a pupil or former pupil because the perpetrator, the suspect used a firearm in 61% of the incidents, with bladed weapons used the remainder of the time.
The troubling behaviors attackers exhibited included speaking a menace to their main goal or saying they needed to commit violence, reminiscent of by making a video message.
In lots of circumstances, somebody noticed this habits however didn’t report it to authorities, the report discovered.
Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Culver Metropolis, Calif.; Enhancing by Invoice Tarrant and Lincoln Feast