When it comes to threats of violence or suicide, most are known by at least one other individual BEFORE the incident occurs. Given the growth of digital platforms, many are learning about threats via social media. Look for warning signs, signals and threats, especially in social media, of an individual who may be a threat to themselves or others and to say something to a trusted adult to get help.
Teach children how to be more socially inclusive and connected to one another.
Not all activity is suspicious, use good and fair judgement. Learn how to recognize the signs, especially when an individual may be a threat to them self or others. Talking to the school counselor or principal is a good first step. Often they can give you ideas on how to address the situation and whether further help is needed.
Hoping the signs will go away is how the problem spirals out of control. Parenting is hard, especially when you are balancing life between work and home. Consider creating a parent support group, where you can share and learn about being the parent you are proud of being.
Don't be silent, reach out - Help is there.