New Douglas County group seeks to prevent school violence

May 22, 2019


Law enforcement, school district officials and mental health workers in the county home to Omaha have formed a threat assessment group that aims to connect at-risk children with services to prevent school violence.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that the newly formed Douglas County Threat Advisory Team will also allow community members to share strategies and programming to intervene before school threats turn into violent actions.

Consultant Dave Okada says threat assessment groups have been developing nationwide, particularly after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead last year, and that some states have passed legislation mandating the groups.