Kaul urges lawmakers to continue funding school threat reporting system

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. — Attorney General Josh Kaul on Tuesday touted the successes of a now two-year-old program that helps students and others report potential threats to schools in Wisconsin.

During an event at Sun Prairie East High School, Kaul, district leaders, law enforcement officials and others praised the Speak Up, Speak Out program, which launched two years ago. The program’s website and app allow people to submit confidential tips about safety concerns.

Since its creation, the tip line has fielded information to help more than 400 schools, according to the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

Kaul is asking lawmakers to keep funding for the effort in place.

“We’ve heard from folks around the state about this program, how it works, how it makes a difference in kids’ lives and ultimately how it’s keeping kids in Wisconsin safe, so I am asking the Legislature to fund this and hope they will continue to make sure this program continues not just through 2023 but for the long term,” Kaul said.

The program also includes threat assessment consultations, school safety guidance and help with critical incident responses.