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Document Number: 5533

Final Report and Findings of the Safe School Initiative: Implications for The Prevention of School Attacks in the United States - A study, which was conducted by the U.S. Secret Service in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education, analyzed data from 37 incidents of targeted school shootings and school attacks from 1974 through June 2000. The report identified bullying as a common feature in the lives of the perpetrators. Particular attention was given to pre-attack behaviors that could be identified and used to predict and prevent future attacks. In 81% of the attacks, at least one person had information that the attacker was thinking about or planning the attack, and in 59% of the attacks, more than one person had similar information. In 83% of the cases an adult had concerns over the attacker’s behavior prior to the attack. (U.S. Secret Service and Department of Education, 2002) ...

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