Parents invited to presentations Tuesday on school threat assessments

Dr. David Bernstein — forensic psychologist and threat assessment expert — has been retained by the Wilton school district to  assess needed security improvements and train the Wilton school community.

Dr. Bernstein will provide parents with threat assessment information in presentations Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 9:15 a.m. and 7 p.m. in the Wilton High School Little Theater.

The presentations are specifically tailored to parents of Middlebrook and Wilton High School students.

Dr. Bernstein has visited Wilton several times and addressed the Wilton Security Task Force last April. At that time he recommended creating a “See Something-Say Something” campaign with anonymous reporting systems for those who can recognize “red flag” patterns and pathways that are consistent with school shooters.

In a talk given at Wilton Library in January 2013, Dr. Bernstein said the “pathway to violence” is predictable. It begins with thoughts and moves on to words, plans and action.

Identifying an at-risk individual is the most important element in threat assessment, according to Dr. Bernstein. The process also includes assessing specific threats and managing the level of risk.

Dr. Bernstein is president of Forensic Consultants, LLC in Norwalk. He is an expert in threat assessment, corporate risk management and deceit detection. He has held appointments at Yale University School of Medicine and Harvard University.