Flannery Serves on White House Panel

Daniel Flannery

Since December’s tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., the country’s search for ways to reduce gun violence has intensified dramatically. Front and center in that dialogue is Case Western Reserve’s Daniel Flannery, PhD, an internationally recognized expert on the subject.

In recent months Flannery has provided interviews and perspective to a wealth of media outlets, including CNN. Then, the White House asked the Dr. Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun Professor at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences to participate in a national panel on enhancing campus safety. Flannery joined education and safety experts in Washington, D.C., in February to discuss ways to make schools and other public places safer.

The White House hosted three panels on the emergency management needs of universities, schools and places of worship. Flannery participated on the higher education panel, moderated by FBI Executive Assistant Director Richard McFeely. The session used the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting as a starting point for discussion. Flannery recommended examining successfully averted incidents of violence for lessons in prevention and discussed how threat assessment teams could help institutions recognize students and staff who might pose a risk to the community.

“If schools can be places where we can recognize when kids need help and get it to them early enough,” he says, “we can be more successful at diverting these incidents.”