Roy High (09:17)
Many school shooters wished someone had told an adult of their actions. Meghan Wehrman received text messages from a friend threatening to bomb the school. Gina Butters notified Tyler Tomlinson of Dallin Morgan and another teenager's plans.
Prevented School Attacks (03:35)
Over 100 attacks have been averted in recent years. After visiting Columbine, Gregory Winham realized police need to become part of the culture of a school. Butters describes how policies have changed.
Columbine High School (02:38)
Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold planted bombs in the cafeteria and went on a shooting spree. Robert Fein and Brian Voskule investigated several school attacks and realized the aggressors planned in minute detail. Killers rarely acted in secret or alone.
Bethel, Alaska (04:46)
Friends urged Evan Ramsey to kill before he brought a gun to school. Dr. William Pollock joined the Safe School Initiative to research why bystanders do not interfere. Fein realized that following a pattern of behavior is a better method to identifying potential school attackers.
New Bedford, Massachusetts (04:12)
Arthur J. Kelley III realized that school shooters meticulously plan attacks and talk about what they intend. As the school culture improved, more teens came forward sharing what they knew of a potential bombing. Kelly credits the changes advocated in The Safe School Initiative report for thwarting the attack.
Sandy Hook Elementary School (04:22)
Adam Lanza shot several children. The National Rifle Association (NRA) insists that gun legislation will not prevent tragedies from occurring and recommends an armed guard. Other techniques to deter shootings include security doors, cameras, smokescreens, bulletproof glass, metal detectors, and bulletproof backpacks.
Roanoke, Virginia (07:05)
Dr. Rita Bishop spent $1.2 million dollars upgrading public schools. Armed security guards patrol high schools and middle schools every day. Kenneth Trump works with school administrators to detect lapses in security.
Virginia Tech (03:58)
Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people and wounded 17 others in multiple locations across campus. Professor Lucinda Roy discusses his anger and alerting school administration to a potential issue. The school never followed up after it mandated counseling.
Signs of Mental Illness (05:54)
Recent rampage attackers who have been diagnosed with disorders include Jared Loughner and James Holmes. Dr. Fuller Torrey advocates creating a law that forces those who are mentally ill to obtain treatment. Outpatient commitment laws require the patient to demonstrate they are dangerous; Ed and Suki obtained an order of protection after their son began to manifest psychotic behavior.
Forcing Medication: The Argument (02:02)
Bob Dinerstein feels that individual rights would suffer if a law was created forcing treatment. Hindsight makes one see warning signs that may not have been present at the time.
Threat Assessment Process (05:14)
Gene Deisinger runs the program at Virginia Tech. Andre Simons runs the FBI's division and advocates training individuals to recognize dangerous behavior. Programs need to be in place for Americans to go to law enforcement to prevent attacks.
Credits: The Path to Violence (00:45)
Credits: The Path to Violence
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