How can teachers, guidance counselors, school resource officers and others identify students at risk of becoming violent? That was the topic of a workshop Thursday, March 22,  at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES attended by about 100 school leaders from across the region.

Led by Sgt. Amery Bernhardt of the Westchester County Police Department and Frank Guglieri, coordinator of regional safety services at PNW BOCES, the workshop focused on how to conduct a comprehensive, systematic threat assessment of an individual student.

The Westchester County Police Department supplies school resource officers to the North Salem and Somers school districts.

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“If we put a big enough net out there, we should be able to catch and hopefully prevent these things,” said Bernhardt, adding that 80 percent of the time, prior to a firearm attack, the shooter has told someone. In addition, he said, 70 percent of the time a person who commits suicide also has told someone of his or her intention or exhibited warning signs.

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