Montgomery outlines four areas to help stop violent acts in schools

Mar 9, 2018, 8:13 PM
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)...
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

PHOENIX — Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery outlined multiple areas in helping prevent violent acts like the one in Parkland, Fla. Wednesday.

“In addressing the overall environment of school violence, I talk about four areas for us to look at and the first one has to deal with intervention and prevention at the lowest level possible,” Montgomery said.

Setting up conferences like “Speak Up, Stand Up, Save a Life,” which saw 3,600 people on hand at the last event, help get the word out and “give them the excuse to get involved.” In the most recent conference, adults and students were separated into groups with the adults meeting outside for breakout sessions, while the students had motivational speakers work with them indoors.

“We can talk about all the other intervention strategies to deal with school violence, but if we are not addressing some of the root causes and some of the circumstances that are leading some to engage in violence then all we are going to do is stay in this never-ending loop without getting to root causes,” Montgomery said.

The next area outlined was following a model where officers make rounds during the day to schools to write reports, talk with supervisors or other officers in the area and act as another “visible line of deterrents” out in front of the school.

“For some of these instances, and the individuals involved, that deterrence might have been enough to have them walk away or do something else,” Montgomery said. “Not in every circumstance, but in some of them.”

The third and fourth areas addressed were the school resource officers’ program — so there can be another visible line of defense within schools — and potentially having school districts identify key personnel that will be trained with a weapon for critical situations within the school so they can act during a “critical incident.”

And while the four steps in preventing violence on schools is written out, that’s not all that needs to be done.

“First and foremost, I think we really need to hammer home the need for us to teach teens on how to deal with these particular situations and circumstances and intervene in the lives of their peers. That’s where we are going to have our biggest impact,” Montgomery said. “Not waiting until we are trying to intervene and stop a violent incident that is already well underway.”

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

FILE - Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich speaks during his June 2, 2022, visit to the Yuma Sun...
Kevin Stone

Arizona AG Mark Brnovich files lawsuit against Biden’s student debt forgiveness

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich followed other states and groups in filing a lawsuit against President Joe Biden’s student debt forgiveness plan.
15 hours ago
From left, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and Gov. Doug Ducey (AP Photos)...
Kevin Stone

AG Mark Brnovich, Gov. Doug Ducey at odds over Arizona abortion restrictions

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and Gov. Doug Ducey are at odds over how restrictive the state’s abortion laws should be.
15 hours ago
(Pexels Photo)...
Kevin Stone

Arizona hits revenue threshold to implement 2.5% flat income tax a year early

Arizona’s flat income tax rate of 2.5% will kick in for the 2023 tax year thanks to a healthy economy, the state announced Thursday.
15 hours ago
In this photo provided by the Orange County Fire Rescue's Public Information Office, firefighters i...

Phoenix Fire task force packed, ready for call to help in Ian aftermath

A task force of nearly 150 Phoenix firefighters is ready to assist in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian in Florida, if the need arises.
15 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Lynx Airlines)...

Canadian start-up Lynx Air to launch nonstop Phoenix-Calgary service

Canadian start-up carrier Lynx Air plans to launch a nonstop route between Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Calgary next year.
15 hours ago
(From left: AP Photo/Gregory Bull; Facebook Photo/Katie Hobbs)...

Katie Hobbs says container wall at border gaps not best use of Arizona resources

Democratic candidate for Arizona governor Katie Hobbs said state resources at the southern border would be better used on measures that weren't "political stunts," referring to shipping containers put in place at wall gaps.
15 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Quantum Fiber

How high-speed fiber internet can improve everyday life

Quantum Fiber supplies unlimited data with speeds up to 940 mbps, enough to share 4K videos with coworkers 20 times faster than a cable.

Key dates for Arizona sports fans to look forward to this fall

Fall brings new beginnings in different ways for Arizona’s professional sports teams like the Cardinals and Coyotes.
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Here are 4 signs the HVAC unit needs to be replaced

Pool renovations and kitchen upgrades may seem enticing, but at the forefront of these investments arguably should be what residents use the most. In a state where summertime is sweltering, access to a functioning HVAC unit can be critical.
Montgomery outlines four areas to help stop violent acts in schools