English and Art teachers are the front line to detect young people most likely to commit mass killings. That's according to Ron Ellis, the Director of the School and Campus Security Training Program for the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System and Illinois Terrorism Task force.
Ellis also tells a group of educators in a twin cities workshop on preventing tragedy that 80% of the time, someone else knows of a school shooter's plans before they go off to commit the deed. He says the challenge lies in interpreting the warning signs correctly and helping the troubled person before the decision to act. Ellis says there is no profile of a school shooter, they come from all backgrounds. The warning signs include changes in behavior, suicidal indications, feelings of alienation, a history of mental illness, fascination with violence, and relatives that have sought medical help for the subjects.
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