Our Mission


We encourage school personnel, law enforcement officers, mental health professionals, and others involved in school safety to share their averted school violence stories and lessons learned, in order to improve school safety and help prevent future tragedies.

Sharing your story is an anonymous, secure, non-punitive, and confidential process.



News and Events

NEW Publications Released

  • The National Police Foundation’s Center for Mass Violence Response Studies, in collaboration with the COPS Office, has released two new reports examining averted and completed acts of school violence. Check out the ASV Publications page to download the reports!

Recent ASV Webinars

  • Learning from Averted & Completed School Attacks
  • This webinar provides an overview of the ASV database and discusses findings from recent analyses of averted and completed acts of school violence. Click here to view the recording.

  • Learning Lessons From the School Attack That Didn’t Happen
  • This webinar provides an overview of the ASV database and project. Presenters also discuss the training provided in schools to help identify behavior that can lead to violence. Click here to view the recording.

  • Strategies for the Prevention, Response, and Recovery From Acts of Violence in Schools
  • This webinar explores lessons learned from the response and recovery from acts of school violence. Click here to view the recording.

Recent Reports


Perpetrator Pulls Fire Alarm to Ambush Students in Dorm

A student at a large public university had not enrolled for spring semester and the university was in the process of removing him from his dorm room. Given that the student had recently lost a portion of his employment income and appeared to have nowhere to move, the university was taking an empathetic approach…


College Student Plans Mass Casualty Attack with 3D Printed Gun

A college student sent a text to a fellow student threatening to shoot students at their university. In a text to a second student, the subject said he was going to “commit a shooting that people would be talking about.” The second student forwarded the text to a university professor who notified law enforcement…



Former College Student Threatens Retaliation

Nine years after graduating, a former student of a small liberal arts college began sending a series of threatening emails to a staff member at the college. The emails escalated in intensity…


Student Making Explosives with Guns in Dorm

Municipal law enforcement along with campus public safety officers responded to a dorm on campus for a report of a suicidal subject who had made references to committing a mass shooting or bombing…


This project was supported by Cooperative Agreement Number 2014-CK-WX-K023 awarded by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions contained herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice. References to specific agencies, companies, products, or services should not be considered an endorsement by the author(s) or the U.S. Department of Justice. Rather, the references are illustrations to supplement discussion of the issues.