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IN THE PRESS

Argus Observer: School officials, law enforcement learn about managing threats

Nov. 1, 2019

"The Owyhee room at Four Rivers Cultural Center was packed on Wednesday and Thursday as local school officials, law enforcement officials and other local authorities learned about threat assessment and management at schools..." Read. 

KBBL: School Shooters: What's Their Path To Violence?

Mar. 7, 2019

"It's hard to empathize with someone who carries out a school shooting. The brutality of their crimes is unspeakable. Whether the shootings were at Columbine, at Sandy Hook, or in Parkland, they have traumatized students and communities across the U.S..." Read. 

JPR: The Difficult Task of Singling Out School Shooters

July 26, 2018

"After every school shooting, the standard question is: what might have prevented this?  Metal detectors and armed teachers aside, there are efforts to figure out which students are thinking about committing violence on their classmates..." Read. 

Esquire: Why Mass Shootings Keep Happening

Oct. 2, 2017

"Are we helpless to stop mass shootings? Is anyone even trying to stop them? The good news is that the answers are No and Yes. The bad news: The person loading up hasn't gotten the news..." Read. 

REL Northwest: A Multidisciplinary Approach to School Safety

Oct. 10, 2019

"Creating environments that are safe and welcoming is critical for protecting the physical and psychological well-being of all members of a school community: students, educators, administrators, and families..." Read. 

NPR: When Teens Threaten Violence, A Community Responds With Compassion

Feb. 13, 2019

"Psychologist John Van Dreal has spent almost 30 years working with troubled kids. Still, it's always unsettling to get the kind of phone call he received one morning eight years ago as he was on his way to a meeting..." Read.

HBO: Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas Begins its Second Season Tonight, April 5, Exclusively on HBO

April 5, 2018

"This season focuses on education in America, investigating teacher pay, student mental health, the school-to-prison pipeline and other pressing topics..." Read. 

Mother Jones: Inside the Race to Stop the Next Mass Shooter

November/December 2015 Issue

"Soon after the school year started in September 2000, a police officer working at McNary High in Keizer, Oregon, got a tip about a junior named Erik Ayala..." Read. 

Montrose Press: Community orgs partner for school threat assessment

Sept. 13, 2019

"If addressing potential threats in schools seems daunting, there is now a standardized process for threat assessment that takes a community-oriented approach to helping students..." Read. 

NPR: Oregon School Helps Students In Crisis Steer Away from Violence.

Feb. 13, 2019

"More schools are adopting an evidence-based approach to preventing violence. We examine the root causes of violence in kids, and how intervening and listening can help them change course..." Read. 

Statesman Journal: The Difficult Task of Singling Out School Shooters

Feb. 15, 2018

"Used by dozens of districts nationwide, the Salem-Keizer Threat Response System is considered the gold standard for school prevention efforts..." Read. 

Mother Jones: How the Media Inspires Mass Shooters

Oct. 6, 2015

"In late August, not 10 hours after a disgruntled former TV reporter posted video on Twitter and Facebook of himself gunning down two ex-colleagues in Virginia, the New York Daily News tweeted a preview of its front page for the next day..." Read. 

Preventing Threats Before Students are Lost

John Van Dreal, an internationally recognized school safety expert, explains how the Salem-Keizer Threat Assessment System he helped pioneer can be used to guide educators to identify potentially dangerous situations and intervene before they escalate to tragedy. Listen to podcast:

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