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School threat assessment presentation Thursday at Boise State

The Office of the Dean of Students at Boise State University will present “Targeted Violence and Threat Management in School Settings” from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 29, in the Student Union Jordan Ballroom. Free parking is available in the Lincoln Parking Garage.

The free presentation will focus on issues related to targeted violence and effective ways to help minimize risk on campus. Although homicides and mass shootings in schools are rare, horrific events like Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech and Columbine remind us that the threat is always present. Early detection and management has stretched beyond school personnel, requiring communities to take action to help reduce the risk of school violence.

School district personnel, law enforcement, social services workers and mental health professionals, human resources personnel, and any other individual or agency interested in learning about threat assessment are invited to attend.

Gene Deisinger, a national expert in threat assessment and a licensed psychologist and certified law enforcement officer, is the keynote speaker. He is the deputy chief of police and director of threat management services at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, as well as a managing partner of SIGMA Threat Management Associates. He developed the threat management program at Iowa State University.

Deisinger has managed cases for a broad range of governmental dignitaries, public figures and members of the university community. He also is the lead author of "The Handbook for Campus Threat Assessment & Management Teams" and a fellow of the U.S. Department of Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention.