New Douglas County group seeks to prevent school violence

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Law enforcement, school district officials and mental health workers in the county home to Omaha have formed a threat assessment group that aims to connect at-risk children with services to prevent school violence.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that the newly formed Douglas County Threat Advisory Team will also allow community members to share strategies and programming to intervene before school threats turn into violent actions.

Omaha Police Deputy Chief Greg Gonzalez says the city needed to organize to ensure all involved groups are communicating and no students or threats slip through the cracks.

Consultant Dave Okada says threat assessment groups have been developing nationwide, particularly after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead last year.

He says some states have passed legislation mandating the groups.