The Police Foundation has implemented the Averted School Violence (ASV) database to provide a platform for sharing information about averted incidents of violence in institutions of elementary, secondary and higher education. The ASV project defines an incident of averted school violence as a violent attack planned with or without the use of a firearm which was prevented before any injury or loss of life occurred. This preliminary report analyzes 51 averted incidents of school violence selected from the ASV database to improve the understanding of averted school attacks. This report begins with a case study of one averted attack and then details findings on the 51 averted incidents in the study. It concludes with recommendations for law enforcement and school administration to improve school safety. A companion report, A Comparison of Averted and Completed School Attacks from the Police Foundation Averted School Violence Database, compares these 51 averted attacks with 51 completed attacks and presents findings on the similarities and differences.
Copies of this preliminary report can be downloaded at: https://tinyurl.com/y6enccjr