State law requires districts to establish formal procedures governing referrals to local law enforcement.
2017 Tennessee Code Annotated 49-6-4301. School officials to report student offenses.
(a) Every teacher observing or otherwise having knowledge of an assault and battery or vandalism endangering life, health or safety committed by a student on school property shall report such action immediately to the principal of the school. Every principal having direct knowledge of an assault and battery or vandalism endangering life, health or safety committed by a student on school property or receiving a report of such action shall report the action immediately to the municipal or metropolitan police department or sheriff's department having jurisdiction. Any fight not involving the use of a weapon as defined in § 39-17-1309, or any fight not resulting in serious personal injury to the parties involved, shall be reported only to the school administrator.
Tennessee Code Annotated 49-6-2701. Threat assessment team.
(c) A threat assessment team shall:
- (1) Obtain training from local law enforcement or mental health service providers on how to assess individuals exhibiting threatening or disruptive behavior and develop interventions for individuals exhibiting such behavior;
- (2) Conduct threat assessments based on dangerous or threatening behavior of individuals in the school, home, or community setting;
- (3) Provide guidance to students, faculty, staff, and others in the LEA on how to recognize, address, and report threatening or dangerous behavior;
- (4) Establish procedures that outline the circumstances in which LEA personnel are required to report threatening or dangerous behavior;
- (5) Establish procedures for students, faculty, and community members to anonymously report threatening or dangerous behavior and specify to whom the behavior should be reported;
- (6) Provide guidance and best practices for the intervention and prevention of violence;
- (7) Establish procedures for the:
- (A) Assessment of individuals exhibiting behavior that may present a threat to the health or safety of the individual or others;
- (B) Development of appropriate means of intervention, diversion, and de-escalation of threats; and
- (C) Development of appropriate courses of actions that should be taken in the event threatening or dangerous behavior is reported, including, but not limited to, referrals to community services or healthcare providers, notification of parents or guardians, if appropriate, or notification of law enforcement and emergency medical services;
- (8) Refer individuals to support services; and
- (9) Provide post-incident assessments and evaluate the effectiveness and response of the LEA to incidents.