There are several layers to school security and the very first are the teachers.
Teachers see and know their students more than anyone else. They observe students on a daily basis. With training, teachers can learn to identify the red flags of a struggling student.
A few of the most common red flags are the following:
- Spiraling grades
- Unusual or a drastic change in dress or hair color/style
- Poor attitude
- Decreased class participation/extreme apathy
The above are indicators of a student in emotional crisis. Training teachers in awareness of student behavior is a first step to safer schools. Early intervention is a key to helping students that may eventually cause harm to themselves or others.