Effective July 1, the commonwealth of Virginia now requires local school boards to establish threat assessment teams in their schools similar to those required for Virginia’s public colleges and universities. Virginia is the first state to require such measures.

Dewey Cornell, a clinical psychologist and Linda K. Bunker Professor of Education in U.Va.'s Curry School of Education Photo by Dan Addison
The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services has tapped University of Virginia education professor Dewey Cornell to train these threat assessment teams.

“One of the recommendations from the Governor’s Task Force on School and Campus Safety was that our K-12 schools institute threat assessment teams, and the General Assembly enacted legislation making this a state requirement,” Cornell said. Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell appointed Cornell, a clinical psychologist and Linda K. Bunker Professor of Education in the Curry School of Education, to the Governor’s Task Force on School and Campus Safety in January.

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