La Crosse school board president speaks on school safety

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — The St. Louis school shooting is once again raising questions about safety at all schools– including schools in western Wisconsin.

On Monday, a former student entered a St. Louis high school–he shot and killed a teacher and a 15-year-old girl and wounded seven others.

La Crosse School Board President Juan Jimenez says the district works hard to prevent acts of violence, but the nature of violent acts like the one in St. Louis can make things complicated.

“The minute that you think we’ve done the absolute best that you can, something will happen and someone will point the finger and say, ‘You weren’t prepared,'” said Jimenez. “I think that we’re as prepared as we possibly can be.”

The Wisconsin Department of Justice has been training 12 Critical Incident Response Teams, including one in the La Crosse school district.

Their mission is to lessen the psychological impact of an incident like an act of violence.