STOP ATTACKS LIKE Newtown, CT, COLUMBINE & vIRGINIA teCH
150–250 times a day, North American students are found with guns, bombs, and plots to take out their schools. Dan Korem was the first to predict this trend in the early 1990s.
Dan uncovered how to stop these attacks and his research has been deployed by over 20,000 education and law enforcement/military professionals around the globe. In virtually every case, RAVP strategies and interventions provides the following outcomes:
- Severe reduction of student threats
- Severe reduction of costly building evacuations ($10–25,000 average cost of evacuation)
- Severe reduction of behavioral referrals
- Significant improvement in classroom performance
Cost of a school massacre: $5–20 million
Cost to prevent a school massacre:
The cost of a hamburger a student
On a large scale, the only region in the US that didn't have threats after 9/11 was a region where over 2500 educators applied RAVP strategies. Here are some other highlights:
- There is a consistent behavioral profile of these attackers—they have the Random Actor profile
- Students can typically be identified before they attack without stereotyping
- There is a 3-point intervention that guides students out of harms way within weeks . . . without stereotyping . . . and classroom performance significantly increases
- Since 1997, there has never been a letter of complaint filed when these strategies have been deployed . . . which has affected hundreds of thousands of students
- Dan identified an entire population of schools that never have these threats. He identified them after he solved the riddle in the early 1990s why there are mass shooters at the Post Office but not at FedEx. He developed a method so that any campus can do what educators call doing the FedEx thing by applying the Random Actor Violence Prevention strategies.
WE RECOMMEND TWO BOOKS
The first is Rage of the Random Actor – Disarming Catastrophic Acts and Restoring Lives (2005) by Dan Korem. It details how he predicted the trend years in advance, the predictive grid that has identified with almost 100% accuracy where attacks will occur and not occur and why, and RAVP strategies—the only intervention that consistently stops threats, attacks, building evacuations, and restores a student’s classroom performance. This expansive 500–page book also looks at how RAVP strategies prevent attacks in companies, organizations, gangs/cults/armies, and military applications.
Especially recommended for parents and educators is the second book, If Only I Had Known (2009) by Dr. William H. Dodson. It's like the “Cliff Notes” of Dan Korem’s research related to preventing school attacks. The 1997 attack on Pearl High School, in an upscale Jackson, MS, suburb started the global trend. Dodson spent over 10 years searching for an answer that prevents attacks. His book is a short, riveting narrative that makes the compelling case that there is a solution that works—Dan Korem’s interventions. Click here to read Chapter 1.
ARTICLES YOU CAN READ NOW
To quickly get you up to speed, we've provided: 1) 3 journal articles Dan wrote that summarize why these strategies work; each provide similar content, but for different audiences 2) Track Record of Results 3) A recent case solved Rage of the Random Actor 4) The difference between racial/ethnic streotyping and behavioral profiling
- K-12 article (Texas Association of School Administrators – 2008)
- Higher Education Article (Leading journal for campus police chiefs - 2005)
- Community College Trustees (2005)
- Track Record of Results
- Recent Case Solved (excerpt in Chapter 1 from The Art of Profiling - Reading People Right the First Time, 2nd ed.; also explains how Dan developed the Korem Profiling System)
- Excerpt from Rage of the Random Actor on ethnic and racial stereotyping v. behavioral profiling
3-Year Prevention Program
Each year, we provide a handful of 2-day workshops to elevate awareness. Most assistance, though, is provided through a 3-year prevention program that school systems have succesfully used to stop threats. Below is the abstract that explains the program for K–12. If you are a higher education campus, you can review these summaries and contact us or specific details related to higher education campus programs.
Highest Risk Communities for a Random Actor Attack: Statistically Safe Suburbs and Small Towns
Dan's research identified in the early 1990s that these communities are highest at risk. Sounds counterintuitive, but just think about where the attacks occur globally. Then do a search for where Random Actor bomb and mass shooting threats occur and you will see for yourself the pattern. The Newtown Massacre at Shady Oaks Elementary is just one example that claimed the lives of 20 children and six educators.