See Something, Say Something
Know About Tragedies Before They Occur
Students often know about tragedies before they occur. Research shows that targeted school shootings rarely happen without some sort of warning sign. The Safe School Initiative, a U.S. Secret Service study of school shootings and school-based attacks, found that usually at least one other person had some type of knowledge of the attackers' plans. Most of those individuals who had prior knowledge were peers of the perpetrators, which suggests that while peers often know about potential threats to their safety and risky behaviors of their friends and classmates, they often fail to alert authorities about their suspicions, and help prevent violence before it occurs.