• Emergency Response Guide

    School Violence: Pre-Incident Consideration

    The Role of Students and Staff
    The majority of students and staff recognize they share in the responsibility to prevent school violence. Not only do they suffer the consequences when it occurs, they provide an essential perspective on how to promote school safety.

    The following are steps students and staff can take to help reduce school violence:
    Know and follow standards of conduct and school violence prevention policies.
    Work with faculty and administrators to create a safe way to report threats.
    Find out who the contact person is to approach with information and concerns about known or potential violence and harassment.
    Listen to friends and co-workers who share upsetting, harmful thoughts and encourage them to seek help from a trusted source.
    Immediately report suspicious behavior and threats of violence to school officials. Students and employees who do not feel comfortable speaking directly to school officials may call Police anonymously.
    Participate in ongoing activities, which promote school safety, i.e. Peer mediation, conflict resolution and mentoring programs.
    Act as positive role models for other students and staff. Accept responsibility for your own actions and consider the impact your actions have on others.
    Refrain from belittling, harassing, and bullying others. Be tolerant of other student and staff differences
    Learn techniques to avoid and cope with negative peer pressure.
    Speak out and refuse to join in when members of groups engage in negative behavior toward others.