Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Program Name

Public Administration

Capstone Instructor

Dr. Christi Bartman


As a result of the terrible events at Columbine, Virginia Tech and the increasing number of school based shootings in the U.S., there is substantial research to prevent school based shootings. Findings indicate that on many occasions, pre-incident behaviors, known as leakage, are observed which may allow institutions to prevent and intervene. In short, other people may know something is going to happen and identifying ways to intervene is vitally important if our schools are to be safe. This project uses the research around these findings to identify best practice and procedures for Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD) to put in place Threat Assessment Management Teams (TAMT). The project set out by examining the two main organizations, NaBITA and SIGMA, which have developed TAMT after the Virginia Tech shootings. The research from both organizations is substantial and set out the processes and procedures which schools should put in place. It was decided to adopt the model set out by NaBITA, for its ease of use and comprehensive inclusion of assessment of mental state of mind and risk, along with aggression levels. It is hoped that the adoption and implementation of this model will make RSCCD a safer place to study and work.



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