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U.Va. prof leads school threat assessment training

Friday - 8/9/2013, 7:00am  ET

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- A University of Virginia education professor is in charge of training threat assessment teams now required in local school systems.

Dewey Cornell led a workshop on threat assessment this week as part of a school and campus safety training conference in Hampton. Four other workshops are planned this month in Dublin, Weyer's Cave, Fredericksburg and Petersburg.

Cornell says most public schools in Virginia already have threat assessment teams. He says the workshops are designed to help schools that don't have such teams or have new staff that needs training.

Cornell says threat assessment gives schools a safe, effective way to address students' threatening behavior.

The assessment teams are part of legislation signed earlier this year aimed at improving school and campus safety following the Connecticut school shootings in December.

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