School district undergoes threat assessment training

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Ojai Valley News photo by Andra Belknap
Ojai Police Capt. James Fryhoff (right) speaks to members of the Ojai Unified School District staff Feb. 27 about how to manage student threats of violence. 
Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter
“I think we all understand that this can happen here,” said Ojai Police Capt. James Fryhoff to a gathering of Ojai Unified School District (OUSD) staff and administrators Feb. 27.
He was referring to school shootings, the most recent of which left 17 students and teachers dead Feb. 14 in Parkland, Fla.
Fryhoff shared his threat assessment training program with the District to help administrators identify potential threats on campus.
He reminded OUSD employees that 80 percent of school shooters indicate they are planning a violent act before they proceed. Indications may come in the form of clear threats of violence, jokes, violent behavior towards others, graphic drawings, writing or social media posts that show a proclivity towards violence.
“Kids do say stupid things,” Fryhoff added, “Not every kid is making a threat when they say something that sounds like a threat.”
Still, it's important for administrators to show students the behavior is unacceptable, he said.

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