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US Secret Service teaches local law enforcement how to identify school threats
WCBD News 2
By Georgiaree Godfrey
COLUMBIA, SC - Federal law enforcement agencies were in Columbia Tuesday to talk school violence, specifically what law enforcement agencies and schools can do prevent it.
The United States Secret Service has been expanding its threat assessment teams since Columbine. The shooting prompted the agency and the U.S. Department of Education to study school violence.
The Secret Service has since been using that study to teach law enforcement and educators across the country how to prevent targeted violence in schools.
At Tuesday's session held at the Koger Center, dozens of law enforcement departments across the state were in attendance, including deputies with the Pickens County Sheriff's Office.
"We've been doing a lot with school safety. But this is kind of different in where we look at what happens maybe before an active shooter are a sign there or there signs there," explained Pickens Co. Sheriff Rick Clark.
The session focuses on identifying those warning signs.