EducatorsYour view of students is unique and powerful. You see students more often and for longer periods of time than anyone else in their lives. If a student shows behavior or makes statements that concern you, it is your responsibility to act.This responsibility goes beyond mandatory reporting of suspected abuse. A student may be showing risk factors that indicate they are considering harming others or themselves. This potential harm may take numerous forms including sexual acting out, intimidation, violence or suicidal behavior. If you see these signs, report them immediately to your school administrator.To assist you in determining whether a student is in need of support consider the risk factors below.
Does the student display any of these risk factors?
Even if you are unsure, or if you can't identify risk factors such as those listed above, your concerns are important and should be reported.
- The student communicates about the intent to harm others or themselves.
- The student is focused on a specific person or group of people to harm.
- The student is making a plan for harming others or themselves.
- There is a perceived motivation or reason to harm others or themselves.
- There is a perception of no alternatives to violence.
- There is a willingness to accept the consequences of violence.
- The student has an abnormal fascination with weapons, violence, or violent people.
- Other people are expressing concerns about the student's potential for harm.
Click below for an informational brochure with detailed risk factor questions and county-specific resources.