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Implications for the Prevention of School Attacks in the United States

In June 1999, following the tragedy at Columbine High School, the United States Secret Service and the United States Department of Education initiated a collaborative effort known as the Safe School Initiative that resulted in an extensive examination of 37 incidents of targeted school shootings and school attacks that occurred in the United States beginning with the earliest identified incident in 1974 through June 2000. 

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The focus of the Safe School Initiative was on examining the thinking, planning, and other behaviors engaged in by students who carried out school attacks. Particular attention was given to identifying pre-attack behaviors and communications that might be detectable--or "knowable"--and could help in preventing future school attacks.

In May of 2002, both agencies issued their findings based on case studies and interviews in a document titled: The Final Report and Findings of the Safe School Initiative: Implications for the Prevention of School Attacks in the United States.  

The final report and findings of the Safe School Initiative can be found at http://www.secretservice.gov/ntac/ssi_final_report.pdf.