Dewey Cornell, a professor of education at the University of Virginia and the country’s leading advocate for school-based threat assessments, has published an array of studies cited by supporters of LASSA, the EAGLES Act, and the BIG Act. He first became interested in school violence while working at a hospital in 1983, after evaluating a 16-year-old boy who murdered a 14-year-old girl. “He was depressed over the breakup of his parents’ marriage and angry at the girl for teasing him and calling him ‘pizza face’ because of his acne,” Cornell told Virginia Magazine. “I thought about this case and how little we understood the causes and determinants of violent behavior.”
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Young Black audiences are “looking to see themselves,” said Valerie Adams-Bass, a developmental psychologist who teaches a course about adolescents and the media at the University of Virginia. “It’s super important to see people your age who look like you. To see how they’re managing these encounters, how they navigate the racial tensions, the class tensions that have to do with your identity.”
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There may appear to be a spike in shootings on school campuses now because of the recent surge in gun violence nationally, Dewey Cornell, a professor of education at the University of Virginia and a school threat assessment expert, told Insider.
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“It's a question of whether they do them intuitively, impulsively, out of fear and anxiety, or they do them systematically with a standard process,” said Dewey Cornell, a clinical psychologist and professor of education at the University of Virginia who has conducted training and research on school threat assessments.
“There's no way that schools can avoid doing threat assessments,” Cornell said. “It's a question of how they're going to do them.”