Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Health & Parenting

Font Size

Strong School Ties May Keep Kids From Risky, Violent Behavior


But the most recent statistics suggest that school crime and violence is actually going down, says June Arnette, associate director of the National School Safety Center in Westlake Village, Calif. "Indicators show that kids are safer in school than anywhere else," she tells WebMD.

"After Columbine, everyone wanted to get into profiling and trying to predict who has violent characteristics, but there was quite a backlash," she says.

There are not necessarily predictors but there are a number of early warning signs to help identify at-risk children, she says.

"Most of these kids ... had recent relational problems such as a breakup with a girlfriend or boyfriend or had told someone about their plan, so there was some knowledge that this person was planning a violent act," she says.

The children may have also been picked on and constantly bullied, so the violence is their way of striking back.

Most schools have implemented "threat assessment protocols" so that when a child makes a threat, school personnel and psychologists can then start collecting data and deciding what to do with it.

Then the psychologist may "call them into the office and tell them what they have heard, and try to get the parents involved," she says.


1 | 2

Today on WebMD

family walking on the beach
two boys in a swing
woman with cleaning products
mother and daughter talking
child brushing his teeth
Sipping hot tea
Young woman holding lip at dentists office
6-Week Challenges
Want to know more?
Build a Fitter Family Challenge – Get your crew motivated to move.
Feed Your Family Better Challenge - Tips and tricks to healthy up your diet.
Sleep Better Challenge - Snooze clues for the whole family.
I have read and agreed to WebMD's Privacy Policy.
Enter cell phone number
- -
Entering your cell phone number and pressing submit indicates you agree to receive text messages from WebMD related to this challenge. WebMD is utilizing a 3rd party vendor, CellTrust, to provide the messages. You can opt out at any time.
Standard text rates apply
Which Vaccines Do Adults Need
rl with friends
tissue box
Child with adhd