Disarming Catastrophic Acts
And Restoring Lives
Mass school shooters/bombers, suicide bombers, and postal/company killers all have something in common. They have the Random Actor behavioral profile identified in the early 1990s by Dan Korem, the critically acclaimed author of the classic text, The Art of Profiling–Reading People Right the First Time, 2nd ed.
Korem details this profile and extraordinary cases where an intervention he identified has thwarted scores of Random Actor attacks in schools, companies, and military theaters. Example: For twenty-two years (1997–2018), scores of Texas school districts stopped attacks and threats by applying his research. Many education and law enforcement professionals believe it’s the reason Texas did not have a mass shooting/bombing until 2018 in a school district that did not apply the intervention.
In the early 1990s, Korem predicted with nearly 100% accuracy that suburban and small-town communities, the statistically safest communities, are the locales where the attacks will occur and why. Newton, CT, Columbine, Virginia Tech, and most company attacks, for example, typically occur in these locales. More importantly, he identified a three-point intervention that guides a student/adult out of the Random Actor profile often within weeks.
On a large scale, after 9-11, only one region in the US didn’t have Random Actor threats…it was the only region where 2500 educators used Korem’s research. They pre-identified students and provided intervention before they ever thought about plotting an attack. While not everyone who has the traits will commit a violent act, these individuals do need help, and they received it.
Additionally, hundreds of times a day schools are evacuated because of Random Actor threats. The reason this trend is growing across the nation is that up to 10% of all students now self-identify as having the Random Actor traits (up from 1–2% at the time of the Columbine Massacre and 3-7% in the workforce). No school district that has applied Korem’s research ever had an evacuation because of a student Random Actor threat while applying the research. The urgency to apply is even greater than when Rage of the Random Actor was first released.
“I am certain that if our counselor and Luke’s teachers had known this profile and the intervention, Luke would have received assistance, he would have responded, and young lives would have been saved.”
William H. Dodson, Ph.D., from his book “If Only I Had Known”
Superintendent of Pearl Public Schools
Site of 1997 school attack that
started the global trend
“Many districts across Texas have seen their threats stop over the last 15 years. Dan Korem, author of Rage of the Random Actor, developed the research and training. He is recognized as the leading authority on this issue, and his research is regularly applied around the world.”
Johnny Veselka, Ph.D., Exec. Dir.
Texas Association of School Administrators
Hardcover, 523 pages