Agnich awarded University seed grant
Dr. Laura E. Agnich was awarded a $10,000 Faculty Research Seed Award by the University for her project, “Perceptions of Safety and Active Shooter Event Responses in a Rural Community.” The purpose of this study is to evaluate active shooter response trainings provided by the Statesboro Police Department (SPD) for members of the Statesboro community and law enforcement officers.
Several recent events in Georgia including an attempted school shooting in DeKalb County in August 2013 have many concerned about a possible threat. Furthermore, rural areas with high levels of gun ownership may be particularly susceptible to these forms of violence. Therefore, research on active shooter responses is both timely and important as high profile school shootings are increasing. Since little is known about school shootings due to limited samples and a reliance on case study methodologies, by focusing on active shooter responses in a rural community, this project moves the states of empirical research forward.