Date of Award

Fall 2013

Degree Type

Professional Project

Degree Name

Master of Public Service


College of Professional Studies

First Advisor

Margaret Kendrigan


Recent active shooter events in our nation highlight the need for organizations to have comprehensive violence prevention/intervention plans in place. While much has been done to address violence in the workplace and on college campuses, K-12 schools have been slow to develop a comprehensive violence prevention/intervention curriculum for faculty, staff and students. This project was completed to meet the needs of the Catholic Schools within the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Research was conducted to determine the effectiveness of applying safety best practices from higher education and the workplace to the elementary, middle, and secondary education settings. The outcome of this project is an in-service curriculum for faculty and staff on threat assessment, threat management, physical security considerations, and imminent threat response practices.