Expert: Students need continual reminders that school threats are no joke

Chris Miller
February 23, 2018 - 9:21 am

Since last week's deadly shootings at a school in Parkland, Florida, there appears to have been a rash of threats involving schools in and around the New Orleans area, some credible, mostly not. 

The news media coverage of mass shootings at schools seems to prompt waves of threats, says Michael Dorn of Safe Havens International, a non-profit school safety group. He says kids need to be told you can't joke about this before something happens like the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shootings.

"What has been most effective is education programs," Dorn said, "not waiting until something like this happens to educate students."

Dorn says technology has made it possible to spread threats -- and panic -- much faster.

"The bomb threat of yesterday has gotten to be a lot more complex because of technology," he said. 

So how do you have the conversations that need to happen without feeding the frenzy?

"We have to be logical and rational," said Dorn. Dorn said emotive discussions and the desire for easy answers, whether it's demanding more gun laws or demanding to arm teachers, don't help.

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