West Bend School Board and Superintendent to discuss improving school security

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December 9, 2019 – West Bend, WI – Security will be a hot topic during Monday night’s West Bend School Board meeting, December 9.

There is an Executive Session prior to the 5:30 p.m. regular Board of Education Meeting.

Items on the agenda are listed below.

The discussion follows a week when high schools in Waukesha and Oshkosh experienced shots fired, students with weapons, and officers injured.

In West Bend two students were cited after reportedly making threats on social media. In Germantown, unsubstantiated threats were reported.

On Dec. 1, 2019 West Bend Police did send a note to parents in the West Bend School District regarding a possible threat on December 2.

A portion of that note is below:

“On November 7, 2019, a 19-year-old female reported to the West Bend Police Department that she saw a message on social media that said on December 2 there would be a shooting at the high school. The message did not specify a high school or city. The woman stated because she lives in West Bend she assumed the message was directed towards one of the West Bend High Schools. The woman did not save the message and West Bend Police investigators were unable to retrieve the message from her phone.

This past week and this weekend, rumors have surfaced regarding this reported message. The West Bend Police interviewed a number of students who stated they heard about this possible social media message. No student stated they saw the message. West Bend Police reached out to a number of law enforcement agencies in Washington County and throughout Wisconsin. No other law enforcement agency received any reports of anyone seeing this message. West Bend Police and West Bend School District officials have also been monitoring social media sites and have not observed any similar messages.

The West Bend Police Department and West Bend School District encourages anyone that sees or hears something that may endanger anyone to immediately report it to police.”  Click HERE for the rest of the letter.

Agenda Item Details

Meeting Dec 09, 2019 – Executive Session
Subject
Adjourn into Executive Session
Recommended Action
I move to enter into executive session pursuant to Wis. Stats. 19.85(1)(d) to consider specific applications of probation, extended supervision or parole, or considering strategy for crime detection or prevention, and take any such action, if necessary, based on its discussion namely:
Tonight’s Regular Board meeting agenda shows a report will be given on “School Safety Updates” prior to public participation.
The meeting gets underway at 5:30 p.m. in the lower level of the district office, 735 S. Main Street.  The meeting is open to the public.
What would be your suggestion on how to improve security in the West Bend School District.

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