Illinois School and Campus Safety

National Institute of Justice Releases Five Facts About Mass Shootings in K-12 Schools

The National Institute of Justice just released the document Five Facts About Mass Shootings in K-12 Schools, which notes and discusses the following five facts:

  • "Most people who commit a mass shooting are in crisis leading up to it and are likely to leak their plans to others, presenting opportunities for intervention."
  • "Everyone can help prevent school mass shootings."
  • "Threat assessment is a promising prevention strategy to assess and respond to mass shooting threats, as well as other threats of violence by students."
  • Individuals who commit a school shooting are most likely to obtain a weapon by theft from a family member, indicating a need for more secure firearm storage practices."
  • "The overwhelming majority of individuals who commit K-12 mass shootings struggle with various aspects of mental well-being."