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Barricaded Captive Situations in Schools: Mitigation and Response

NCJ Number
Journal of Family Violence Volume: 25 Issue: 6 Dated: August 2010 Pages: 587-594
Jeffrey A. Daniels; Terri E. Royster; Gregory M. Vecchi; Erin E. Pshenishny
Date Published
August 2010
8 pages
This article examines characteristics and variables of barricaded captive situations in schools between 1998 and 2007.
Although not common occurrences, schools are occasionally the site of barricaded captive events. To date little research has examined these acts of school violence. The purpose of this article is to describe 19 school barricaded captive events that occurred between February, 1998 and September, 2007 in the United States. Data were analyzed by examination of news reports of each incident, and include the following variables: Incident location (State, community), school level and size, time of day of the event, location of the event within the school, age and sex of the subjects, information about the captives, presence of school resource officers, student screening mechanisms, behavioral changes of the subjects, the subject's expected outcomes, injuries or fatalities, demands and deadlines, captive escapes and releases, weapons, incident resolution, tactical team response, and negotiations. Results pertain to incident demographics, prevention/mitigation, and response. References (Published Abstract)