Threat Assessment & Management
Mansfield ISD's student behavioral threat assessment and management process was initiated to comply with Texas Senate Bill 11 mandates and to align our safety and security plans with best-in-class violence prevention initiatives.
Our Focus and Goals
The district understands how important it is to respond to safety concerns early on before they escalate. Concerning behavior indicators may be expressed in a variety of ways, including social media activity, verbal or written statements and student outcries.
The goal of our behavioral threat assessment and management program is to implement formal processes to recognize, report and assess concerning behaviors so that effective management strategies can be implemented to help de-escalate concerning behaviors. Adapted from the Salem-Keizer School District Student Threat Assessment and Management System, MISD's program is non-punitive and entirely separate from existing disciplinary or criminal violation consequences.
Our program’s framework promotes active involvement from our staff, students, parents and the community because safety and security impacts us all. We encourage active involvement by asking all stakeholders to report any threats they see and hear through our threat assessment reporting tool.
Identifying Potential Threats and Risk Indicators
Oftentimes, there are signs and indicators associated with targeted violence that can help us in identifying a potential threat. Here are some questions to ponder in helping to prevent a potential threat from escalating or possibly starting:
- Has there been a shift toward a threat of extreme aggression or violence?
- Have there been threatening communications suggesting a potentially violent attack?
- Are there indications of a specific target or targets?
- Are there indications of a motive, goal or justification for a severe or lethal attack?
- Are there any indications of behavior that increase the possibility of violence occurring?
- Are actions and behaviors consistent with communications?
- Is there peer collaboration?
- Are alternatives and emotional coping reserves decreasing?
- Are there indications of suicidal thoughts?
- Are there personality or behavioral traits, family dynamics, school system issues, or social dynamics that lead to a more vulnerable and potentially dangerous situation?
Reporting Concerning Behavior
Reports of concerning behavior can be filed anonymously by completing the Threat Assessment Reporting Tool.
The primary purpose of the threat assessment is to prevent targeted violence by analyzing the facts and behaviors in a given situation.
All reported incidences will be investigated for potentially harmful or lethal behavior. We will determine the level of concern, assess required action and organize any necessary resources and student support strategies.
Questions and Concerns
Questions regarding the program can be answered by contacting your campus principal or Bruno Dias, Director of Safety, Security and Threat Management, at 682-314-5195.
If you have concerns of imminent danger, please contact the MISD Police Department at 817-299-6000 or dial 911.