In the Jordan Ballroom Gene Deisinger, Ph.D., discussed the nature and process of targeted violence impacting education as it applies to both K-12 and higher levels. Deisinger is both the deputy chief of police for the Virginia Tech Police Department and the director of Threat Management Services at their campus.
In reference to the recent shooting in Santa Barbara, Deisinger suggested that the media emphasized too much on the perpetrators of the violence. “It’s about us as a community, about our engagement with each other,” Deisinger said. “It’s about our commitment to each other.”
According to him there is no effective way to profile a potential perpetrator. He exemplifies this by asking the audience to tell whether they think a man described to them would commit a violent act. After reading the bio of the individual most agreed he was a possible candidate. Deisinger then put a face with the bio which was his own, obviously not a mass killer.
“Threat assessment and management is a process to identify situations and persons of concern,” Deisinger said.
He states that it cannot be a tool for identifying the next school shooter, but a common trait does exist.
“All of the folks that escalated to serious violence,” Deisinger said. “Showed concerning behaviors before-hand.”
He believes that if people can start identifying that, they may be able to intervene. Threat management assessment isn’t about persecuting someone for a crime they haven’t committed but intervening in a way that makes the person less likely to be violent.
“We’re trying to create an environment that is not conducive to violence,” Deisinger said.
To view the slide show of the discussion visit care.boisestate.edu.