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School Threat Assessment Coalition Of Kenosha (S.T.A.C.K) Is Created

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Kenosha District Attorney Michael Graveley
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

The School Threat Assessment Coalition of Kenosha held a press conference today to announce its work in establishing a systematic approach to school violence prevention.

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Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul joined local leaders in announcing a strategy that is intended to quickly intervene with serious threats in an effort to prevent them from being carried out.

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“The kind of work being done by the School Threat Assessment Coalition of Kenosha can help stop targeted violence from happening,” Kaul said. “Thank you to the members of this multidisciplinary coalition for helping to keep kids in Kenosha safe.”

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Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

The coalition’s strategy will be accomplished by encouraging a communitywide use of Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines (CSTAG), a research-based threat assessment tool. An integral component is to align everyone involved so the same assessment, principles and language are applied by all organizations involved. Additionally, the coalition seeks to enhance good decision making by sharing vital information where legally allowable.

CSTAG promotes the utilization of consequences, where appropriate, to the fullest extent of the law. When legal consequences are not appropriate, it calls for school and community resources to be utilized to alleviate circumstances that could lead to future acts of violence.

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Kenosha Unified School District Chief of School Leadership Bill Haithcock
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

Kenosha Unified School District Chief of School Leadership Bill Haithcock said, “The goal is to keep schools safe and prevent the likelihood of future violence by helping potential offenders overcome the underlying sources of anger, hopelessness, or despair through ongoing interventions and support services.”

Community members are encouraged to speak up and speak out when they see or hear something of concern. Reports can be made to law enforcement, schools or via the SPEAK UP, SPEAK OUT reporting app at https://speakup.widoj.gov/ and tip form at https://www.p3campus.com/tipform.aspx?ID=5150.

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“Kenosha County is a frontrunner in this work designed to align the community in decision making and supports related to school violence,” said Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley. “Our overarching goal is aligning community partners in an effort to keep our students and educators safe throughout Kenosha County.”

Today’s news conference was held at the Kenosha Unified School District Educational Support Center, 3600 52nd St. in Kenosha.

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Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

Among the speakers was Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman, who pledged the county’s support for the effort. In her former role as a state representative, Kerkman supported school safety initiatives including the creation of the Office of School Safety and chaired the Joint Legislative Audit Committee when it oversaw an audit of school safety grants and plans across the state.

“I commend all of the partners from the different agencies and organizations across the county for coming together to address the issue of school violence,” Kerkman said. “I’m hopeful that by working collaboratively, we can implement effective strategies to promote safety in our schools.”

School Threat Assessment Coalition of Kenosha member organizations:

  • Community Impact Programs, Inc.
  • Kenosha County District Attorney’s Office
  • Kenosha County Division of Children and Family Services
  • Kenosha Human Development Services
  • Kenosha Police Department
  • Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department
  • Kenosha Unified School District
  • Pleasant Prairie Police Department
  • Twin Lakes Police Department
  • Juvenile Court Intake
  • Westosha Central High School
  • Wilmot High School

Additional participating organizations include:

  • Bristol School District #1
  • Paris Consolidated School
  • Salem School District
  • Silver Lake-Salem Joint #1 School District (Riverview School)
  • Shoreland Lutheran High School
  • Twin Lakes #4 School District (Lakewood School)
  • Wheatland J1 School District
Kenosha Police Chief Eric Larsen
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)
Sheriff David Beth, Captain Justin Miller, and Sheriff-Elect David W. Zoerner
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)
Pleasant Prairie Police Chief Dave Smetana and Twin Lakes Police Chief Adam Grosz
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)
Kenosha Police Chief Patrick Patton (2023) (Right)
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)
Kenosha Sheriff School Resource Officer Deputy Max Isaac, Deputy Friendly Casey Rude, and Admin Sgt. David Wright
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

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  1. Look at the pictures of all the high paid public servants who have presided over the system that has failed to provide safety and security in schools.

    Overpaid and most, judging by the pics, overfed from feeding at the trough.

  2. “We are creating a coalition to target young boys/teenagers that are having an angry response to the insane amount of indoctrination and belittling we subjugate them to.”

  3. WTF is wrong with these KUSD asswipes ?
    Do they understand that THEY are the problem.
    THEY have created a cesspool that crushes faith, family and personal responsibility.
    They have allowed radicals, union shit bags and lawyers full control over everything.
    There is no classroom management/discipline, or academic achievement.
    They cover up thousands of referrals, crimes, suspensions and misbehavior annually.
    Perhaps %30 at best are educated by KUSD in my opinion.
    Dismantle KUSD into three or four smaller districts.
    Any districts and organizations getting involved with KUSD will regret their decision.
    Let KUSD sink and be thankful they did not take you down with them.

  4. Perhaps they sold create the false flag task force since nearly all school shootings are created by the fbi. Also Rittenhouse was a false flag too. All wars are created by governments and most used false flags. Don’t believe me the guy who left the shit hole country? Internet search does government use false flags before you bash me.

  5. I’d like to withhold judgment until we see what they actually do.

    After the Columbine High School shootings the KUSD board reached out to the DA’s office for guidance. Then (now retired) Asst. DA Ginkowski told them the first response in many cases should be the mental health system where a 72 hour emergency detention can be used to assess whether a kid is mentally ill and a real threat. Before the 72 hours are up there has to be a court hearing to decide whether to extend it to 14 days for more evaluations and, possibly, a commitment. He explained that if a kid is just goofing around the 72 hour detention should cure that and, if there’s a more serious problem, then the psychiatrists have a chance to work on it, including inpatient confinement and treatment. Plus this doesn’t prevent the police and the DA’s office from going after true threats. Despite this advice little has been done to implement it but why not now?

    1. Well, golly. If I understand it the idea was that if a kid threatens to blow up a school or such he or she could be locked up for 72 hours to get their head read to see if they were goofing around or serious about it. What’s not to like about that idea? Does it take away the ability to prosecute if they want to? No.

      Maybe because the idea didn’t come from a bureaucracy they don’t know how to handle it.

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