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DUPLICATE 'Speak Up, Speak Out': Wisconsin Department of Justice launches school safety program

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Posted at 3:33 PM, Sep 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-02 18:19:56-04

WISCONSIN — The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) has launched a new school safety program called "Speak Up, Speak Out."

As students head back to school amid a pandemic and nationwide protests, the Wisconsin Department of Justice is doing what they can to help prevent and stop violence in schools.

“This new, free 24/7 school safety tool is available to support school communities across the state in preventing school violence. Whether students are concerned for their own safety or the safety of others, Speak Up, Speak Out can assist them in getting the help they need,” said Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul.

The Wisconsin DOJ and Office of School Safety (OSS) teamed up to launch the new program which features a 24/7 threat reporting system, threat assessment consultation, critical incident response, and general school safety guidance.

If students, parents, or school staff have any school safety concerns, they can submit it through the "Speak Up, Speak Out" website, through a mobile phone application, or their toll-free number.

The number is 1-800-MY-SUSO-1 (1-800-697-8776), and you can download the app by clicking here.

Resource center staff will then review the concerns and work with school administration, local law enforcement, and counselors to help. solve the issue.

According to a press release from the Wisconsin DOJ, the resource center will also be able to "deploy critical incident response teams if a school is experiencing a critical incident; provide a threat assessment consultation for school staff and law enforcement; or provide general school safety guidance including training, safety planning, and other topics."

To learn more about the Speak Up, Speak Out program, click here.

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