School Board Presents Threat Assessment Procedures

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email


Rockingham County, Va. (WHSV) -- The Rockingham County School board presented its plans for assessing threats on Wednesday night's meeting. For the first time, we are hearing what that includes.

It includes a team of counselors, school administrators and law enforcement.

As part of their training, they are taught to interview students who show signs of wanting to harm others.

Rockingham County School board's Scott Hand said it's all about being proactive before tragedy strikes.

"We don't want to get to a situation where we have a tragic event. We want to be able to meet those students or intervene with those students, much earlier than that. If we have relationship problems, we want to identify those relationship problems and then we want to develop a plan of action," said Hand, who is the Director of Pupil Personnel Service with Rockingham County Schools.

The school board is also working on bully prevention.

Each school board across the valley has until July 1, 2014 to create a "bully free environment".

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