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attorney general j.b. van hollen publishes
updated “safe schools” manual


4th Edition of the Legal Resource Manual Introduced at

Attorney General’s Public Safety Summit in Wisconsin Dells


MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is pleased to share the 4th Edition of the “Safe Schools:  Legal Resource Manual” from the Wisconsin Department of Justice.  The recently updated manual is designed to be a resource for Wisconsin schools and law enforcement in understanding legal parameters for maintaining a safe and secure educational environment for Wisconsin’s children. 


Wisconsin recognizes that pupil bullying is a major problem and in an effort to prevent bullying enacted Act 309, which aims to stop bullying through awareness, education, and prohibitions.  This year’s revised manual includes a new chapter, “Bullying in School,” and updates to the following sections:  search and seizure, questioning of juveniles, the role of the police liaison officer, the confidentiality of records, and child abuse investigations in the school.  The manual also includes “key points” from each chapter and a section of frequently asked questions.


“While Wisconsin schools have an excellent safety record, no community is immune from school violence,” Attorney General Van Hollen said.  “The best thing we can do for our children is to be proactive in making our schools as safe as possible for our students while still serving the primary educational goals of providing a happy place for scholastic growth and social maturation.”


On Wednesday, Attorney General Van Hollen welcomed roughly 250 law enforcement officers from throughout Wisconsin at this year’s Attorney General’s Summit on Public Safety in Wisconsin Dells.  Attendees at the summit, during which the new manual was distributed, heard from experts in the areas of school security and emergency preparedness, bullying, and child exploitation.  A copy of the revised “Safe Schools” manual is available here.