School Staff Trains to Handle Threats

By: Estephany Escobar Email
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Harrisonburg City Schools are training their staff to handle threats and keep your children safe.

Thursday afternoon, 40 staff members looked at scenarios like this one, "an angry student says 'I'm going to kill a classmate,' what do you do?"

Staff members would then make an assessment and determine whether or not a threat is serious.

If it is serious, there are teams in place at each school to handle the situation, which include officers, counselors and psychologists.

"It is beneficial for our schools because it is a model to help prevent violence. I think that in itself, yes, would be safer for our schools," said April Howard, the coordinator of Psychological and Student Services.

Students who make serious threats will undergo a mental health assessment.

In Virginia, schools need to both keep track of threat numbers and have threat assessment teams. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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