Author(s) Leuschner, Vincenz
Bondü, Rebecca
Schroer-Hippel, Miriam
Panno, Jennifer
Neumetzler, Katharina
Fisch, Sarah
Scholl, Johanna
Scheithauer, Herbert
Year 2011
Title Prevention of homicidal student violence in Germany: The Berlin Leaking Project and the Networks Against School Shootings Project (NETWASS)
Published in New Directions for Youth Development, No. 129
Pages 61–78
DOI 10.1002/yd.387
Abstract Since 1999, Germany has experienced at least twelve serious cases of targeted school violence. This article describes two projects designed to fill the gap between universal prevention and emergency response in preventing severe forms of school violence in Germany. The Berlin Leaking Project examined the viability of preventive efforts based on early identification of leaking behavior that often precedes targeted school attacks. Leaking refers to any behavior or communication that indicates a student is preparing to carry out a violent attack. This would include explicit or implied threats of violence, apparent fascination with prior acts of violence such as Columbine, and any evidence of planning or preparation to carry out an attack. The NETWASS project will test a training program and intervention strategy based on those findings, examining the usefulness of a threat assessment approach to prevent violence by training teachers to recognize leaking behavior by students. This approach is extended by training teachers on a larger scale to identify leaking and then having a school-based team evaluate the student and initiate appropriate interventions, such as mental health services, and in some cases, law enforcement action.
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