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Homeland Security Warns of “Elevated Risk” for Targeted Violence in Schools

Officials with the Department of Homeland Security, and other federal agencies charged with preventing targeted violence and terrorism, believe that the threat of violence in schools is elevated now, and will remain so, as schools reopen and much of life “goes back to normal” in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Officials attribute the elevated threat in part to the effects of the pandemic and the associated shutdown: social isolation is a significant potential risk factor for radicalizing individuals, or leading them toward acts of targeted violence. Though the Dell City School has had in-person instruction since the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, DCISD officials always place school security and safety at the top of the list of priorities. To learn more about potential risk factors, and indicators for targeted violence in schools, as well as about resources for reporting suspicious behavior and helping those on the path to radicalization, read this recent release from the Homeland Security Department.

 

School Targeted Violence Awareness Bulletin