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Extra police, metal-detecting wands for La Follette’s Homecoming activities


MADISON (WKOW) — Madison school district officials have come up with a plan for homecoming at La Follette High School after recent gun incidents involving students.

Rachel Strauch-Nelson with the Madison Metropolitan School District says La Follette remains a closed campus Friday but should go back to normal on Monday.

There will be an extra police presence tonight at La Follette’s Homecoming football game, according to Strauch-Nelson. That game against Verona Area High School starts at 7:00 p.m. at La Follette.

Verona school officials say the team will be accompanied by extra supervisors, according to Kelly Kloepping of the Verona Area School District.

Verona school officials also say they have not been contacted directly about safety and have not sent any targeted information about safety precautions to Verona student-athletes or their families.

MMSD spokesperson Strauch-Nelson also says anyone heading to the Homecoming dance Saturday evening will be checked by a metal-detecting wand.

This comes after an incident last week where a La Follette student accidentally shot off a gun on a Metro bus. School officials confirmed the gun was at the high school for some time that day.

This week, two La Follette students were involved in a fight just blocks from the high school. A 21-year-old man, who is not a Madison student, brought a gun to the fight and injured a 16-year-old La Follette student. Another La Follette student was arrested for disorderly conduct in the incident.


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