DOJ offers therapist, staff training to Barron School District after Closs disappearance

The Wisconsin Department of Justice will deploy a therapist and school resource officer with support dog to Barron School District Thursday following the disappearance of 13-year-old Jayme Closs.

Closs has been missing since Monday when police discovered her parents shot dead in their home.

In addition, the DOJ will provide trauma-informed training to school staff and counselors so they may provide better mental health support. The DOJ’s Office of School Safety, which is providing the resources, will also provide a team of counselors to respond to the school by week’s end.

The OSS is working in coordination with the Wausau Police Department.

“There comes a time in every community when help is needed; we have certainly experienced that need for help,” said Wausau police Chief Ben Bliven. “We are proud to offer support in the form of our outstanding employees for those in Barron County struggling with the trauma of recent events.

These services are funded through an emergency DOJ grant out of funds allocated for school safety.

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