Authorities claim that the tactic of "seeing something, saying something" helps prevent mass shootings
In Oklahoma, an 18-year-old woman was arrested on Sunday after authorities threatened to shoot her former high school. Her co-worker gave her.
And in Washington state, a 17-year-old boy was arrested after his mother alerted the authorities to journal entries listing his plans to attack his school.
These are two cases. This is the latest in a series of potential attacks that have been thwarted by people who may be near perpetrators. In August, the authorities announced that, based on this information, they revealed three plans to conduct mass shootings.
Authorities increasingly attribute their success to a strategy Advocated by some experts: If you see something, say something.
If you say something, that's the first line of defense, experts say.
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Among the warning signals to which Sandy Hook Promise recommends to the students are obvious ones, such as obvious threats of violence, the talk of arms However, one of the organization's back-to-school checklist also includes signs of how to suddenly retire from people or activities, hopelessness over the schooling and recruit others to join them.
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The tips submitted by the students go through a crisis center with trained professionals who may send first responders to a scene or themselves otherwise contact the appropriate people in a community to resolve the issue.
"It really speaks to the heart of prevention," said Mark Barden, co-founder and CEO of Sandy Hook Promise. "By giving students the opportunity to prepare for risk behavior with training and tools, we can prevent the tragedy before it occurs."
The authorities see an increase in tips in public.
It is difficult to determine how many incidents of gun violence or other attacks have been prevented because they never occurred.
However, some organizations and authorities report a large number of clues from the public.
Sandy Hook Promise has stated this since April 2018, receiving more than 30,000 gratuities. Almost all tips were legitimate, according to Bard – as opposed to false reports or false reports.
"There is an increasing number of tragedies that will never occur as the disciples were authorized Following the model and connecting someone with the help it became a tragedy, "said Bards.
The FBI received more than 38,000 tips in the first full week of August following mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, an official said. That number was above the FBI's average of 22,000 tips a week this year, though not all of these tips are workable and some are not really tips at all.
Critics argue that there is no real solution to armed violence.
Not everyone agrees that encouraging people, especially students, to be more vigilant is an appropriate strategy.
Critics of Sandy Hook Promise's "Say Something" program and similar claims claim that the strategy unfairly incriminates children and exposes them to unnecessary trauma.
Patrick Blanchfield, an associate faculty member of the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research writing about gun violence, said teaching children to be hypervigilant is "something we believe we can do" rather than one real solution to the weapon problem violence.
"We basically ask the children to fill these gaps," he told CNN.
. Blanchfield added that Sandy Hook Promise's Back to School Checklist encourages students to report behaviors that are considered normal for adolescents, and that he was worried about what that might mean for fighting students who have no violent intentions.
Katherine Newman, Interim Chancellor at the University of Massachusetts in Boston and author of "Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootouts," said that the call to provide information and other solutions to the issue of gun violence is not mutually exclusive means exclusive.
It is extremely important that people have secure mechanisms to report concerns about potential violence in their communities.
"They are by far the best source of information, and if we do not pass them on a path of [reporting threats] that is confidential and leads to thoughtful responses, then we separate ourselves from the only source of information that actually has the chance to preventively be, "Newman said.