Threatening Behavior

The CARE team is not tasked with responding to emergencies. If this is an emergency and you are in need of immediate assistance or consultation, contact WFU Police at 336.758.5911.

Threatening Behavior

Threatening behavior must be taken seriously. Examples may include:

  • Homicidal or suicidal thoughts or threats
  • Weapons are involved, threatened or implied
  • Verbal or physical altercation
  • Exhibition of out of control behavior (yelling, screaming, etc.) with inability to be de-escalated
  • Threats
  • Destruction of property (i.e., punches a hole through a wall).

Below are Five Questions to help guide your decision-making process regarding possible threatening behavior:

  1. Has there been any mention of suicidal thoughts, plans, or attempts?
  2. Has there been any mention of thoughts or plans of violence?
  3. Have there been any behaviors that cause concern for violence or the person’s well-being?
  4. Does the person have access or are they trying to gain access to a weapon?
  5. Are there behaviors that are significantly disruptive to the campus environment?

*If the answer to any one of the five triage questions is “YES” immediately contact WFU Police at 336.758.5911 or 911 from a campus phone.

If the answer to all five triage questions is “NO” and you remain concerned for yourself or others, read about Disruptive Behaviors, Troubling Behaviors, and call a member of the CARE Team to consult.