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School shooting in Uvalde: There are indications that people who may use violence can be identified, says an expert

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — It has been more than 25 years since the U.S. Secret Service developed a process for identifying individuals who may be plotting mass-level violence. Experts say this assessment is still the best way to prevent tragedies like what we saw in Uvalde, but it won’t work on its own.

We have these talks about prevention after every mass shooting. One expert told ABC13 that the people who carry out mass shootings aren’t usually sociopaths or psychopaths – they just need help. And if we’re careful, we can block their path to violence before their killing plan works.

After visiting the grieving town of Uvalde, President Joe Biden said her pain was felt and avoidable. Behavioral threat assessments have been used for more than two decades to identify individuals who may be planning mass violence. Too often people overlook the signs.

“It might be something to see in a homework assignment. Something seen on social media. Something that is a direct communication that sounds like someone is expressing an intention to engage in violence,” said Dr. Marisa Randazzo, the managing director of threat analysis for Ontic.

Randazzo helped the US Secret Service and the Department of Education tailor this training specifically for schools. Her research shows that these indicators can help educators and law enforcement identify people who need help.

“We keep hearing, ‘This process works. He helped us identify someone who was going in a bad direction… toward violence. “We can figure out why and put them on a better path,” she said.

Randazzo said that preventing the next school shooting will also require help from Congress in the form of red-flag legislation and mandatory threat assessment training.

“School administrators, law enforcement and mental health professionals can spend time over the summer completing this training and putting together a team so they will be ready when school starts again,” she said.

The Texas School Safety Center offers free training for school staff, law enforcement, and mental health professionals.

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