Responding to School Shootings: Learning from Uvalde,Texas and Other Recent School Shooting

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Presenters: David Nash, Esq., LEGAL ONE Director interviews Jeff Gale, Director, Office of School Preparedness and Emergency Planning, NJDOE.

In this episode, learn about the trends and key lessons that have emerged related to school shootings over the past two decades, and key information emerging from the horrific school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Listeners will also learn about the specific resources available to support schools related to school security, best practices regarding threat assessment and collaboration with law enforcement and other entities, and recent changes in law that impact school safety and security.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Key takeaways from the research from the U.S. Secret Service (2019 and 2021 reports) regarding completed and averted school shooting in recent years.
  • Understanding the resources available from the NJDOE Office of School Preparedness and Emergency Planning to assist school districts in assessing and improving their school security protocols.
  • Best practices related to conducting student threat assessments and available research and models and understanding when to share information with law enforcement.
  • Understanding where to go for information on recent revisions in school security law including changes that went into effect in January 2022.