College of Applied Science and Technology (CAST)
Date of Last Revision
Emergency Management and Homeland Security
Number of Credits
Bachelor of Science
Date of Expected Graduation
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.
Dr. Stacy Willett
Dr. Robert M. Schwartz
Honors Faculty Advisor
St. John, Joseph, "Active Shooter in the Classroom: A Case Study of Past Events and Future Mitigative Strategies" (2020). Williams Honors College, Honors Research Projects. 1156.