Threatening, Disruptive, or Violent Behavior

  • Any behavior that disrupts the educational process or impacts the safety of students and staff must be addressed immediately. Any adverse behavior that is not addressed has the potential for developing into a violent and life-threatening situation.

    Threats or Bullying Behavior
    School employees who witness harassment, bullying, and/or discrimination or receive an oral or written report of such acts shall promptly orally notify principal or designee no later than one school day after they witness or receive report of such acts.

    School employees shall also file a written report with the principal or designee no later than two school days after making an oral report. Reports shall describe the specific nature of the incident, including, but not limited to:

    • The type of bias(s) involved.
    • Whether the incident resulted from student and/or employee conduct.
    • Whether the incident involved physical contact and/or verbal threats, including cyberbullying.
    • The location where the incident occurred (on school property or at a school function, or off school property, where applicable).

    If Incident Is at a Verbal Level

    1. Make verbal contact in a calm low-toned voice and order the behavior to stop.
    2. Tell the students what you want – Sit down at your desks; Walk with me to the office; Let’s go into the hallway (classroom) to sort this out.
    3. Have someone contact the office as soon as possible for assistance.
    4. Once administration is involved working with the students, write down what occurred and names of witnesses. A written report must be completed by the staff member.
    5. Administration follows the Code of Conduct.


    If Incident Has Escalated Into Physical Violence (Shoving, Fighting)

    1. Make contact with the office immediately – do this yourself or direct someone to make the call.
    2. In a loud voice, tell the students to stop. DO NOT attempt to intervene or stop a fight without assistance. EXCEPTION: If a life is at risk, do what you can. Note : Administration and staff can use reasonable, physical force on students to protect themselves and others from harm.
    3. Direct other students witnessing the event to back up.
    4. Once assistance arrives, physically separate the students and move them to a more isolated site identified by administration.
    5. As soon as possible, write down what occurred and the names of witnesses. A written report must be completed by the staff member.

    Weapons

    If you become aware of a weapon (knife or gun) being in the possession of a student (On or off of school grounds), notify administration immediately.

    If a Weapon (Gun or Knife) is Displayed by a Student or Visitor

    1. In a calm voice, direct everyone to immediately leave the area, move to the nearest secure room and lockdown.
    2. If person makes demands, do what is asked.
    3. Continue talking to student/visitor in calm voice while retreating to a safe area (classroom, around corner of hallway) to secure your safety.
    4. Notify office to announce LOCKDOWN immediately.
    5. Following the incident, write down what occurred and the names of witnesses. A written report must be completed by the staff member.

    If Shots Are Being Fired or a Weapon is Being Used in Your Immediate Area
    AVOID, DENY, DEFEND (A.D.D.).

    • AVOID:
      1. Scream, “Run, get out of here!” Get everyone away from the area containing the threat ASAP.
      2. Know your exits and consider alternate exits.
      3. Call 911 as soon as you are in a safe location.
    • DENY:
      1. Move to the nearest secure room and call office to order a LOCKDOWN immediately. Do not try to hide in the area where gun fire is occurring.
      2. Follow all procedures for a LOCKDOWN.
    • DEFEND:
      1. If you are unable to Avoid or Deny, do whatever it takes to survive.
      2. Assess possibility of neutralizing the threat. (Risk vs. Reward; one shooter or many; number of school personnel present; seriousness and escalation of situation.)
      3. Position yourself strategically and attack as a group
      4. Anything can and should be used as a weapon
      5. Immediately secure weapon, arms, and legs.
      6. Move fast and violently, attacking soft spots (eyes, throat, groan)

    Following the incident, write down what occurred and the names of witnesses. A written report must be completed by the staff member.

    If You Hear Gun Fire in the Building

    1. Move to the nearest secure room and call the office to order a LOCKDOWN immediately.
    2. Follow all procedures for a LOCKDOWN.
    3. Call 911 as soon as you are in a safe location.
    4. Following the incident, write down what occurred and the names of witnesses. A written report must be completed by the staff member.

    When calling 911 provide as much information as possible:

    • Use plain language
    • Provide the number of shooters
    • Provide a description of the weapon
    • Provide the last known location of the shooter
    • Provide whether or not the shooter is currently active
    • Call back with updates if circumstances change