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

OJJDP and Police Foundation Webinar Series

  • Learning Lessons From the School Attack That Didn’t Happen | 8/29/18 2‒3 p.m. ET
  • Webinar will provide an overview of the ASV database and project. Presenters will discuss the training provided in schools to help identify behavior that can lead to violence.
    Register today!

  • Strategies for the Prevention, Response, and Recovery From Acts of Violence in Schools | 9/5/18 2‒3 p.m. ET
  • Webinar will explore lessons learned from the response and recovery from acts of school violence.
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Recent Reports


Vice Principal Overhears Student Loading Shotgun in School Bathroom

Student otherwise described as kind, honest, and from a good family, is constantly teased and bullied on the bus and at school. Friends say that the student tells his best friend and other school friends that he wants to take over the school, hold hostages…


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.