Our Mission


We encourage school personnel, law enforcement officers, mental health professionals, and others involved in school safety to share their averted school violence stories and lessons learned, in order to improve school safety and help prevent future tragedies.

Sharing your story is an anonymous, secure, non-punitive, and confidential process.



News and Events

NEW Publications Released

  • The National Police Foundation’s Center for Mass Violence Response Studies, in collaboration with the COPS Office, has released two new reports examining averted and completed acts of school violence. Check out the ASV Publications page to download the reports!

Recent ASV Webinars

  • Learning from Averted & Completed School Attacks
  • This webinar provides an overview of the ASV database and discusses findings from recent analyses of averted and completed acts of school violence. Click here to view the recording.

  • Learning Lessons From the School Attack That Didn’t Happen
  • This webinar provides an overview of the ASV database and project. Presenters also discuss the training provided in schools to help identify behavior that can lead to violence. Click here to view the recording.

  • Strategies for the Prevention, Response, and Recovery From Acts of Violence in Schools
  • This webinar explores lessons learned from the response and recovery from acts of school violence. Click here to view the recording.

Recent Reports


Middle School – Threat of Violence – 8th Grade Student

This student was generally disruptive in class, but not known to be violent. We worked with the student on a regular basis to improve classroom behavior. This student displayed odd behavior for several years prior to this event…


Peer Reports Student’s Violent Threats

Student plans to shoot classmates on a specific date. He tries to recruit students in the cafeteria to be part of his plot for school violence involving guns and explosives. He says that if recruits do not follow orders, then he will not hesitate to kill them and or himself…



Student Sees Peer Carrying Gun at School, Alerts SRO

Student becomes upset over alleged rumors that were spread about him at school. He believes that the person behind the rumors is his ex-girlfriend, and plans to shoot her, before unloading “on the rest of the school”, according to police…


Teacher Uncovers Student Journal with Violent Attack Plans

Student writes what he calls a fictitious journal about his plans to detonate explosives at his high school. His first journal entries begin three days after the Sandy Hook tragedy. A teacher finds the student’s journal at school…


This project was supported by Cooperative Agreement Number 2014-CK-WX-K023 awarded by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions contained herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice. References to specific agencies, companies, products, or services should not be considered an endorsement by the author(s) or the U.S. Department of Justice. Rather, the references are illustrations to supplement discussion of the issues.