Behaviors Warranting Concern

The following behaviors warrant submission of a Behavior of Concern & Threat Reporting form:

  • Threatening words or actions, writings or online postings or transmissions (clearly transmitting a desire or plan to harm self or others)
  • Fascination with weapons
  • Obvious signs of self-injury (cutting, burning, etc.)
  • Acts motivated by hatred or discrimination
  • Paranoid statements or behaviors
  • Descriptions of fantasies that include violence
  • Interest in current or past shootings and violent events in the news
  • Extreme or sudden personality changes
  • Excessive absenteeism or any dramatic change in a student’s normal attendance pattern
  • Unusual interest in the police, the military or terrorist activities and events
  • Odd or aberrant behavior; "acting out"

If in doubt, submit a Behavioral Assessment Team report. The officials who receive it will assess the situation fully and determine an appropriate response. In many cases, students who violate the Student Code of Conduct will also exhibit behaviors of concern, and vice versa. It is the responsibility for all to report.

Signs of distress

A distressed student is one suffering from anxiety, sorrow or pain. Loud and disruptive behavior can be a sign of distress; however, there are more subtle signs that may go unnoticed. A distressed student who is unable to seek assistance directly may cry out for help in a variety of other ways:

  • Be absent from or late to class excessively
  • Seek special attention or preferential treatment when that has not been a typical behavior
  • Stop participating and become withdrawn from class and friends
  • Seem less able to concentrate in class and among friends
  • Be verbally or physically aggressive and easily agitated
  • Start to dominate discussions
  • Demonstrate a change in usual patterns of behavior
  • Become more emotional in his or her responses
  • Decline in academic performance
  • Talk incessantly about violence or make violent threats
  • Begin to give away possessions
  • Talk constantly about death
  • Speak or write about doing harm to self or others or make disparaging remarks about self
  • Gain or lose an excessive amount of weight
  • Have a noticeable change in personal hygiene or dress
  • Begin sleeping in class
  • Have a change in speech pattern, such as rapid, disjointed or fragmented speech or speech not based on reality
  • Have red, swollen or bloodshot eyes
  • Appear to be sad or extremely tired