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US Secret Service calls for school 'threat assessment teams' to"flag troubling student behavior"

July 12, 2018, Dayton (OH) Daily News: Secret Service urges schools to set up ‘threat teams’ to prevent school shootings https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/national/secret-service-urges-schools-set-threat-teams-prevent-school-shootings/ehrwng8KLymGFSGKEnBnMO/ The U.S. Secret Service is urging schools to establish teams that can assess students who might be a threat to their school, hoping to prevent shootings such as the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead. In the report released Thursday, the Secret Service urged schools to establish “threat assessment teams” comprised of teachers, coaches, mental health authorities, law enforcement and others who work in the schools. The teams would flag troubling student behavior, including threatening posts on social media and bullying, according to the report. They would also look for signs of drug use, withdrawal from classmates, relationship problems and absenteeism, in addition to a student’s access to weapons. … Lina Alathari, the chief of the Secret Service's National Threat Assessment Center, told USA Today that out of 227 schools that were surveyed, about 70 percent had formed some sort of threat assessment program. …