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Education Week: "Students most at risk" are the ones "assaulting," "disrupting," "not participating"

April 13, 2018, Education Week: A Bold Proposal for Taking Mental Health Seriously in Schools https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2018/04/13/a-bold-proposal-for-taking-mental-health.html There is urgent need to protect the safety of all children in school. There have been more than 60 school shootings since the Sandy Hook attack in 2012, according to an analysis by TIME. Since the Feb. 14 Parkland, Fla., shooting, the Educators School Safety Network has recorded an increase in school-based violent threats across the nation: 50 threats per day on average. In the 2017-18 school year, there have been violent incidents or threats in 48 states to date…. Up until now, many schools have treated students with mental-health issues reactively, rather than proactively. Too frequently, students’ behaviors may not be sufficiently chronic to warrant an out-of-district educational setting or even identification as a student who needs extra attention and services. These students walk school halls, often growing more isolated and angry from lack of acceptance by their peers. In our experiences as a school leader and a licensed mental-health professional, we know that many students who receive treatment for mental-health issues outside of school are not able to get the same kinds of resources that they need in school. … That’s why, in the wake of the Parkland shooting, we wanted to come up with a model for schools to identify and treat students with homicidal thinking early, thereby reducing the likelihood of harm to the school community…. While Response to Intervention, or RTI, … RTI encourages early identification of students who are at risk for behavioral or academic problems…. In terms of identification, the students most at risk for causing harm are those who present some combination of signals, including drawing pictures or writing about harm to others, making verbal statements about hurting others (online or in person), assaulting other students for minimal slights, and disrupting the classroom process with outbursts. Some students may not be participating in school activities, not joining others at lunch, or walking alone between classes. …