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Thursday, February 6 • 2:25pm - 3:25pm
Evidence-based school shooting prevention: What principals need to know

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Based on extensive research funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, this session will examine definitions and prevalence rates of school shootings in America over the past 20 years, and present findings on the life histories of perpetrators of school shootings including demographics, trauma, mental health, warning signs, and leakage. A new model of school violence prevention will be explored that includes crisis intervention and de-escalation training, suicide prevention, care assessment teams, and relationship building. Discover why our current strategies are failing, and explore new avenues to school shooting prevention beyond drills and security.

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James Densley

James Densley, Ph.D. is a sociologist and professor of criminal justice at Metropolitan State University. James and colleague Jillian Peterson are principal investigators on a U.S. Department of Justice grant-funded project looking at the psycho-social life histories of school shooters... Read More →
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Jillian Peterson

Jillian Peterson, Ph.D. is a psychologist and professor of criminal justice at Hamline University.  Previously she worked as an investigator on death penalty cases in New York City. Jillian, along with James Densley, are principal investigators on a U.S. Department of Justice grant-funded... Read More →

Thursday February 6, 2020 2:25pm - 3:25pm
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