Authorities say a school shooting is just as likely in the Tri-States as anywhere else in the country, that's why local schools continue to prepare for the worst.
So, how do you spot an at-risk student before it's too late? That's the question both law enforcement and school officials were trying to answer by attending Friday's 'Active Shooter Conference' in Macomb.
"We're very active in going into the schools and going through drills and practices in case something like this would ever happen in our community," said Sgt. Rich Wagner, Adams County Sheriff's Office.
Wagner works directly with schools in the county and says nowadays you can never be too careful.
"It's very important to keep everybody informed and everybody looking for any types of dangers," said Wagner.
A variety of speakers shared their expertise including retired FBI Special Agent John Schafer, who's presentation centered around identifying and preventing school violence.
"All crimes begin in the mind and then when we start to think about that too much we then communicate; then, right after that they facilitate that buy buying a bomb, getting a gun and practicing; and, then after that, they'd do it," explained Schafer.
Schafer says it's important for schools to know the warning signs, because a child is more than likely going to commit an act of violence at his or her school.
"The things that make them unhappy are going be things at school, either other students, teachers, the system or administration," said Schafer.
Wagner says he plans on sharing what he learned Friday with the sheriff's office and school administrators.
"Talk about the latest tactics and the latest strategies to prevent this type of thing from happening," said Wagner.
Parents can also do their part at home by paying attention to their child's activity online. WIU Officials say kids who are bullied on social media are more likely to commit aggression in schools.
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