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Wisconsin: New state law requires school staff to notify police about an imminent threat

April 11, 2018, De Forest (WI) Times—Tribune: School safety legislation becomes law http://www.hngnews.com/deforest_times/opinion/columns/article_e55034df-9738-5fe4-9280-d5834b7fc2ec.html After the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida in February, schools, parents, states and the federal government have grappled with how to keep students and staff safe at school. … After a tragedy like a school shooting, we often hear people wonder if the event could have been prevented if the authorities knew a person was a potential threat to the school or the community. Wisconsin’s new law includes mandatory reporting of school violence threats. Specifically, the new law requires teachers, administrators, school counselors, other school employees, physicians and other mental and medical health providers to notify law enforcement if they believe there is a serious and imminent threat to a student, the school or the community. School employees will receive training regarding the mandatory reporting of school violence threats, just as they receive training on the requirement of mandatory reporting of child abuse. Recognizing the impact adverse childhood experiences have on child development and mental health, the new law enables the DOJ’s Office of School Safety to include training on Trauma-Informed Care and Adverse Childhood Experiences in their school safety training programs. Coupling this with increased funding for mental health care in schools that was included in the 2017-19 biennial budget is a critical component to improving school safety. …