College

College of Applied Science and Technology (CAST)

Date of Last Revision

2020-05-07 13:09:20

Major

Emergency Management and Homeland Security

Honors Course

2235:420

Number of Credits

3

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2020

Abstract

This project is an overview of the emergency management discipline in protecting American schools through describing classroom active shooters, determining shared characteristics and indicators, and previous suggestions to improve the safety of the learning environment. Several sources were used to determine the best methods to mitigate this threat, including official after-action reports from past occurrences, psychological examinations of perpetrating individuals, and numerous federal agencies, such as the Department of Justice and the U.S. Secret Service. The methodology to reach suggestions for mitigation entailed qualitative analysis of numerous after-action reports to highlight mitigative efforts of threat assessment before the event and through which means. This methodology provided for the discussion of mitigative options for school administration, law enforcement, and emergency management and planning agencies. In addition, this project offers areas of future opportunity for research after mitigative strategies are explored to enhance and improve the safety and security in the classroom.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Stacy Willett

First Reader

Dr. Robert M. Schwartz

Second Reader

Ben Rochester

Honors Faculty Advisor

Kimberly Roy

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