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School safety coordinators react to Wis. school shootings

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Posted at 8:47 AM, Dec 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-04 09:47:19-05

Following the recent school shootings in Waukesha and Oshkosh, the Wisconsin School Safety Coordinators Association reiterated practices they encourage schools to do in preventing violent incidents.

These practices include the following:

  • Single points of entry to schools that are physically monitored by staff members.
  • Locked exterior and interior doors.
  • Regular staff and student training within the framework of an approved safety plan.
  • Strong collaboration with local law enforcement agencies.
  • Active development of a school culture and climate characterized by solid relationship building and trust: ensuring that every student has a trusted adult to whom they can approach.
  • Establishing the value of, “If you see something, say something.”

WSSCA has promoted these practices since after the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012.

WSSCA released the following statement:

"WSSCA is profoundly grateful that the incidents at Waukesha North and Oshkosh West did not result in fatalities as so many of these horrible incidents have done in the past. As others have already stated, no school, no community should ever be complacent regarding the security of the children attending our schools."

Since 2009, there have been eight school shootings in Wisconsin.