Preventing Violence in Small Schools
The Cole County Sheriff's Department has a new program to prevent school violence, including a computer program to help determine a student's tendency toward violence.
"It compares a student's actions that we know about, or potentially know about, to other instances of school violence," explained Brad Spicer, president of a computer company called SafePlans. "So that way we are able to weigh how important it was in other acts where students acted out violently as opposed to what this student is showing, to try to be proactive."
Cole County Chief Deputy John Wheeler added, "This is just another tool to help us combat that, or to help keep the schools safer."
The sheriff's department hopes to have the computer program in place by the end of this month.