A threat? A joke? Baltimore area schools grapple with how to assess possible danger in age of mass shootings

If a student in a Baltimore school were to turn to another and make a vague but potentially threatening comment such as, “I will drag you,” that could soon trigger an assessment to determine whether anyone is actually in danger and what steps might need to be taken next to keep everyone safe. The district is among a growing group of school systems across the country that are implementing formal procedures for how to officials should respond to direct and indirect threats made against students or teachers. First pioneered by the U.S. Secret Service, this strategy is being embraced by school officials statewide trying to make sure their city won’t become the next Parkland, Sandy Hook or Columbine. (Balt. Sun)

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