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


Staff on Staff Targeted Violence

In early 2013, detectives began investigating a series of threatening letters that were being received by university custodial workers. Some of the letters were handwritten, so investigators began working with the State Police Crime Lab, requesting a handwriting analysis to compare the suspect letters…


Former Student Prepares to Attack High School SRO and Students

The suspect had moved away from his home state to live in a treatment center for troubled teens. Upon returning home from the center, he messaged a friend from the treatment center saying that he was plotting a school shooting…



Felon in Possession of Firearm Makes School Threats

Suspect made threats over social media saying that he was going to shoot up the local college campus…


High School Student Hides Rifle in Guitar Case

The suspect’s grandmother finds his journal that contains plans to shoot students and use homemade explosives at his school…


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.