School Administrator Response to the Active Shooter/Active Assailant

School attacks have occurred in the United States since 1764. However, it is just in the last 15 years that school shootings have increased significantly both in frequency and lethality. School shootings have now become a commonplace event, occurring in cities large and small throughout the United States. Since the 1999 Columbine school shooting, there have been more than 250 shootings and schools in the United States and more than 500 averted school rampage attacks. The term “active assailant” includes perpetrators who utilize other attack tactics (such as explosives, knives, vehicles, fire, and so forth).


Active shooter events claim an average of 113 fatalities each year in the United States. Approximately half of these attacks occur at educational institutions. Research shows that active shooter events are rarely spontaneous and perpetrators plan and prepare their attack for days, months, and even years. Case study research of active shooter events finds that perpetrators actively study prior events so that they can thwart school security measures and public safety response. This lecture will review the ways these attacks were averted and the plans the perpetrators intended to carry out.


This presentation discusses the data that is available on school shootings to establish best practices security procedures. A 2007 research study found that school active shooter training often presents conflicting information providing little to no value during an active shooter event. This presentation separates fact from fiction and offers multiple suggestions to increase safety and security to prevent an attack.


This powerful lecture will discuss many facets of active shooter response. The active shooter history will be discussed, including the constant modification of active shooter attacks based on research the shooter(s) conducted. The profile of the active shooter will also be explored, including predictors based on age, race, academic history, and social status. The speaker will also review the differences in school safety and security procedures for K-12 campuses and institutes of higher learning. The legal liability and financial effect of an active shooter at a school will be discussed citing examples from previous attacks.


The presenter will also discuss post-event considerations, including a dark site for increased web traffic, memorial services, victim family care, and much more. Participants will also learn about actions to take during an active shooter event. Last, the presenter will discuss lessons learned from multiple school shootings. Two of the Threat Suppression staff members commanded an active shooter event at a large university in which two people were killed and four others injured.


Threat Suppression staff have spent more than 50,000 hours researching active shooter events. Our staff have conducted walk-throughs with responders at many school shooting locations, including Columbine, Virginia Tech, Townville Elementary, and more. Threat Suppression staff have trained more than 200,000 people on active shooter response. The Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of Defense, and Department of Education all recommend the active shooter training available at Threat Suppression. This training is directly credited with thwarting six school shooting events.

This class is only for school administrators, active public safety members (police, fire, and EMS), military law enforcement, and government officials. To download a copy of this course brochure, please click here.


If you would like more information on booking this course, please email, or call 1-800-231-9106.