smolaw11/iStockBy LUKE BARR, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Targeted violence against schools is preventable, if the warning signs are identified, according to a new report by the Secret Service released Tuesday.The report by the Secret Service’s National Threat Assessment Center studied 67 thwarted school violence plots and 100 plotters to come up with a framework to further prevent school attacks.The agency found that there were several consistent factors in attacks that were prevented and attacks that happened, such as a history of discipline or law enforcement interaction, if the plotter had experienced bullying or had underlying mental health issues, intended to commit suicide or had been impacted by childhood conditions.Schools should intervene as quickly as possible, according to the Secret Service.Dr. Lina Althari, director of the Secret Service’s National Threat Assessment Center, told ABC News that identifying warning signs of a student who could potentially carry out a mass attack is crucial in getting the student help.“We want to make sure that we are identifying these kids before it gets to the level where they are engaging in criminal actions, and then face legal consequences for that,” she said. “We want to make sure we’re catching them early on when maybe they are becoming more depressed, they are becoming more suicidal.”The Secret Service found that 45% of the attacks planned, but not carried out, were based on a grievance with a classmate.It also found that 15% of potential attackers wanted to kill. For example, according to authorities Matthew Vanderbeek threatened to shoot up his graduation ceremony in 2018. Vanderbeek wanted to emulate the 2012 Aurora, Colorado, movie theater shooting that killed 12, according to the Secret Service, even going so far as dyeing his hair to match that of the convicted gunman and advocating for his release from prison.Students are best positioned to report any concerning behavior of a classmate, the report said, but families are critical to identifying troubling behavior.In the foiled plots studied by the Secret Service, 69% of the communications about the plans were observed by students, classmates or peers.Often times, when reported early, student plotters are able to seek treatment rather than criminal prosecution, Althari said.“Sometimes we know parents can be in denial,” Althari said. “But if it is swiftly explained to them what the goal of this process is which is about helping that student have successful outcomes in life.”The report also found that 64% of the student attack plotters had access to firearms and 15 of the foiled plots were set to be conducted on dates in April — likely because of the Columbine High School shooting, which occurred on April 20 in Colorado.The Secret Service found that in nearly half of the planned plots, one or more of the co-conspirators had interest in the 1998 shooting at Columbine.And of the school attackers who planned but did not carry out the attack, 85% either researched how to obtain or obtained weapons. And in nearly all of the attacks, the plotter planned to use firearms in the attack itself and 51% had planned to use explosives.The report indicated that 75% of the plotters were discovered because they communicated their intent and most behaviors were observed and reported on the same day.In one instance, a 17-year-old male was reported to police by a friend after he indicated he wanted to carry out a school shooting.“The plotter created cellphone videos in which he discussed his plot, stating he would kill more people than Columbine, Virginia Tech or the attack in Oslo, Norway,” the report says. “The plotter spoke about purchasing an AK-17 with a laser sight, told him that he perfected a timer for bombs and showed him a map of schools.”A majority of the plotters were also male, which is consistent with previous Secret Service research on mass attacks.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
AFTER no play last weekend due to the international football scheduled for the Guyana Men’s National team, the West Demerara Football Association (WDFA) will resume play in the Guyana Football Federation (GFF)/NAMILCO Flour-sponsored Under-17 football championship with one game this Friday and a triple-header on Sunday.Come Friday, at either the Wales or Den Amstel ground, Den Amstel are set to oppose Wales at 16:00hrs while on Sunday there will be a triple-header.On Sunday, the three matches are: Wales versus Hurry-ATE from 09.00hrs, Den Amstel against Uitvlugt at 11:00hrs and in the final game Eagles will clash with Pouderoyen from 13.00hrs.So far Eagles are leading the points table having played unbeaten after four wins for 12 points, with Uitvlugt second on nine points from five games played, winning three and losing two.Third are Pouderoyen who have played four games, winning two and losing two for six points, while Hurry-ATE and Den Amstel follow on three points each after four games, having lost three with one victory. Wales are on the carpet with two points from three completed games – one win and two losses.Den Amstel’s Chris Smith and Travis Fraser of Uitvlugt are the two leading scorers with five goals each followed by S. Moonsammy of Hurry-ATE with four so far in this tournament.
by Shane Farley, Newscow.net â€” New Yearâ€™s Day in Winfield turned deadly early Thursday when a man shot at Hot Shotz bar died as a result of his injuries.Sometime after 1 a.m., local police were called to the bar, at 314 W. 8th, in regard to the shooting. They found a man not breathing and efforts to resuscitate him were not successful.His name has not been made public so far.Winfield Police Chief Danny Parker confirmed a 32-year-old man had died and said a homicide investigation was under way. Multiple police investigators were at the scene late into the night and several people were being interviewed in connection with the probe.Parker would not say whether a suspect was in custody, however he did say he did not believe there to be any threat that should cause public concern.No information was given as to a possible argument or altercation that may have occurred prior to shots being fired.Some people who had been inside the bar said patrons were asked to leave the building immediately after the incident occurred. Officers spoke with some of those patrons as the crowd dispersed around 2 a.m.Around 3:30 a.m., a convertible Chevy Camaro Z28, parked down the street from Hot Shotz, was towed away. Parker confirmed the car was towed by police in connection with the investigation into the shooting.The Cowley County Sheriffâ€™s Dept. and KBI were assisting in the investigation.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -3 Vote up Vote down notlla · 293 weeks ago Maybe we need to send our number one detective over to help. Report Reply 1 reply · active 292 weeks ago -4 Vote up Vote down Guest · 292 weeks ago Hahaha Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments