Tulsa Public Schools creates Threat Assessment Group

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Reported by: Price McKeon
Updated: 8/07/2013 10:01 pm Published: 8/07/2013 9:49 pm

Tulsa Public Schools has a new group that is in charge of assessing the risk of any type of threat.  The group is called TAG. It stands for Threat Assessment Group. The group met for the first formal meeting Wednesday afternoon.

Tulsa Public Schools created this new group this year.

Tulsa Public Schools Campus Police Chief Gary Rudick told FOX23’s Price McKeon the new group will label threats low, medium, or high risks.

He said, “We’re not assessing just risks from students, that's really a small part, but when you look at what’s happening across the nation with schools, how do you bring all of that into one place?”
He said after the tornado in Moore and the Sandy Hook shooting, he wanted a central group to look at any and all types of threats.

He said the type of threats includes weather, “Heat for instance. What is our procedure and protocol in place for our students when the temperature reaches a certain degree?”
Rudick said the group will continue to monitor issues inside schools.

He said, “The biggest thing we want everyone to know is that, if you see something, if you know something, to say something.”

He said the group will monitor threats and risks outside of school.

He said, “We had a process really to access risks on behalf of students but not anyone else outside the district (such as) former students, parents, athletic events that are at high risk. These things kind of come together.”

About a dozen representatives from different departments make up the group, including guidance counselors, transportation and maintenance.

He said, “We’re expanding the whole idea of risk assessment and trying to make sure these events or these issues are being monitored. That someone somewhere is responsible for watching.”

Rudick said TAG meetings will be held twice a month.     

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