Schools Holds Threat Assessment Training


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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Schools in Harrisonburg held a training session on Thursday for mental health issues, to comply with Virginia's new threat assessment requirements.

School administrators, counselors, and other school resource leaders trained to learn tools to take care of any threats within their school system, no matter how serious.

One thing in particular the people will look at is if the threats are serious enough to be a mental health issue. In that case, they can bring in the right people to handle the threat.

Craig Mackail, the executive director of operations of school safety, said "kids have been threatening each other since schools have opened. But, this really gives us the chance to separate out those threats that are and aren't serious."

Mackail also said these threat assessment teams are not a preventative, but will put everyone on the same page on how to handle a serious threat.

Another positive aspect is that now all threats will need to be reported, no matter how serious, so they can be tracked, said Mackail.


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