GENERAL SESSIONS

WEDNESDAY, JULY 10: Peter Langman, Ph.D.

Pathways to Violence: Three Types of School Shooters

This general session dispels common misconceptions about school shooters always being bullied loners by demonstrating the diversity of perpetrators. It then presents a psychological typology of school shooters, dividing them into three categories: psychopathic, psychotic, and traumatized. A case example of each of the three types is presented to demonstrate the range of perpetrators and the contributing factors in their violence.School shooters typically fall into one of three psychological types. Having explored the three psychological types, we then examine additional factors that occur frequently in the lives of the shooters, including personal, family, and school-related incidents and issues.

Peter Langman, Ph.D., is a sought-after expert on the psychology of school shooters
and other perpetrators of mass violence. He conducts trainings on understanding the
psychology of school shooters and identifying potential school shooters for professionals
in mental health, education, and law enforcement. He has spoken on preventing school
shootings at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA, and been hired by Homeland
Security to train professionals in school safety. He is also a researcher with the National
Threat Assessment Center of the United States Secret Service. In 2018 he was invited by
the Department of Homeland Security to participate in the National School Security
Roundtable. Though his primary focus is school shooters, he has spoken at FBI
Headquarters on white supremacist homegrown violent extremists and at the National
Counterterrorism Center on American jihadis.

Dr. Langman has been interviewed over five hundred times by media outlets in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, South America, Asia, and the Middle East. He has appeared on Today, 20/20, Nightline, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, Fox, and the BBC. His research on school shooters has been featured in articles carried by The New York Times, Newsweek, Time Magazine, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Forbes, USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, Yahoo! News, and thousands of other news outlets.

THURSDAY, JULY 11: Kimberly Mull

Taken, But Home for Dinner

Welcome to an enlightening and transformative presentation that will shatter common misconceptions and expose the hidden realities of child sex trafficking in America. This compelling program uncovers the truth far beyond the silver screen portrayals of movies like "Taken," revealing a world where victims are generally not physically removed from their everyday lives but often keep up appearances, including attending school as usual.

Kimberly Mull is a survivor of child sex trafficking who now uses her harrowing experiences to foster understanding and incite action. Kimberly's story isn't just a tale of survival; it's a beacon of hope, a call to action, and an enlightening exploration of an issue far more pervasive and close to home than most people realize.

As you listen to Kimberly's influential account, you will gain a deeper understanding of the complexity of child sex trafficking and the various forms it takes. You will also learn how traffickers gain control over their victims through psychological manipulation and exploitation rather than just physical force.

But this presentation is about more than just raising awareness. It's about empowering every person to take action and play a role in ending this epidemic. Kimberly will share practical ways in which you can all make a difference, from recognizing the unique signs of trafficking within the learning environment to supporting anti-trafficking organizations and advocating for policy changes.

Join us as Kimberly empowers attendees to radically shift their understanding of child sex trafficking so they can make an immediate impact in their communities.

FRIDAY, JULY 12: Colton Easton

Behavioral and Digital Threat Assessment™ (BDTA): Identification and Assessment of Threats through a Three-Step Response Plan

BDTA represents the first-of-its-kind blended multidisciplinary model that seamlessly integrates Safer Schools Together's Digital Threat Assessment® (DTA) training with best practices from the National Threat Assessment Center's (NTAC) Behavioral Threat Assessment model, built upon more than two decades of comprehensive research.

The BDTA model provides Threat Assessment teams with a three-step response plan, developed to ensure proactive and effective measures are taken in response to worrisome, concerning, and threat-related behaviors. The implementation of BDTA can significantly reduce the potential for violence within our schools and communities.

In this session, we will discuss how BDTA training offers an in-depth understanding of the assessment process, encompassing best practice for interviewing, progress monitoring, and effective management strategies. Participants will gain essential skills to ensure early identification, as well as how to assess and respond to worrisome/threat-related behavior through the unique lens of BDTA management.

Colton received his Diploma in Law Enforcement Studies at the Justice Institute of British Colombia. Colton specializes in Social Media Awareness and publicly available information gathering. As the Project and Training Manager, he collects social media data that is used to assist schools nationwide in conducting accurate threat assessments. He has been involved in several high-profile cases relating to school safety in Canada and the US.