The Averted School Violence (ASV) reporting system, developed with support from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), allows law enforcement officers, school personnel, and mental health professionals to share “close calls” in order to improve school safety and prevent tragedies. The ASV project is currently supported by funding from Michigan State University’s Prevent 2 Protect Project and the Motorola Solutions Foundation.
Safe and Sound School’s mission is to encourage individuals to share their stories and lessons learned from averted school violence incidents in order to prevent future injuries and fatalities in educational institutions. The lessons learned will be used to inform future school policy and safety procedures. Sharing your story is an anonymous, secure, non-punitive, and confidential process. A process that will help prevent targeted school attacks and save lives.
We encourage individuals to submit averted school violence cases, in which the loss of life and or injury were prevented. In reviewing cases for inclusion in the database we look for means, opportunity, motive and intent to carry out targeted school attacks. Incidents of violence on school grounds not related to the school (e.g., gang-related violence) and social media threats not deemed credible by law enforcement are excluded from the database.
The ASV team also analyzes data regarding completed attacks to identify similarities and differences between potential and actual shooters, situations, effective and less effective preventative measures. We collect averted school violence incidents at all grade levels, from elementary schools to college and graduate programs. Incidents in our database include shootings, stabbings, and bombings that the attacker planned to carry out on school property. For the purposes of our database, we only collect cases that occurred in the United States after the Columbine tragedy.