You know the expression “if you see something, say something.” It’s advice to young people, as a way of preventing possible trouble, and the La Crosse School District promotes the idea.
The district manager of buildings and grounds, Scott Johnson, encourages students to use an app known statewide as “speak up, speak out.”
“A lot of times, they’ll see something and go home, and be like, I just don’t know if I can say this or not,”
Schools in America tend to be much less open than they used to be decades ago, when school shootings and similar attacks were more rare.
Johnson manages buildings and grounds in the La Crosse School District, and he says the local schools have a routine in place.
“We do background checks on all our volunteers,” he says. “They come to the main office, they’re checked in, they’re given a badge so that when they are in the hallway, they know that they’ve been checked in.”