Digging Deeper: Safety in our schools

MADISON (WKOW) – Madison’s La Follette High School’s recovery from a spate of violent and threatening events serves as an example for all Dane County schools in addressing safety concerns.

But even at La Follette, there’s concern not enough has been done.

La Follette has dealt with a window-breaking melee, a potential school threat and a student who brought a loaded weapon to school.

Principal Sean Storch in February told those gathered at a community meeting that school district officials were making safety changes in response to the incidents. They included creating alternative learning experiences for some of what he says are the small percentage students accounting for the vast majority of safety concerns.

With suspensions as a gauge, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction statistics show La Follette and the rest of Madison’s middle and high schools are not alone in dealing with the challenge of keeping schools safe.

The data show that even the relatively small Stoughton Area School District has a strikingly high rate of students suspended for what’s called endangering behavior. 

At La Follette, school safety improvements are applauded by both students and parents. 

Thursday on 27 News at 10, we’re Digging Deeper into school safety at La Follette and elsewhere including video of what school threats and violence look like when they erupt.

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