A school shooting could very well be our worst nightmare. Police departments Nationwide are doing a great job educating, increasing awareness and empowering people. Police departments are going to schools and hospitals to educate staff about their choices - Run, Hide or Fight. This reminds me of the fire department coming to my school when I was a kid and teaching us about stop, drop and roll. This is actual video that is shown during the 2 hour Nationwide training.
The Secret Service and Department of Education published their findings, The Safe School Initiative, in 2004. A way mental health practitioners can help avoid tragedies like this in the future is by educating on how to identify the warning signs. However, authorities need to listen to the insight and take preventive action.