On the rise: Threats against schools in Wisconsin

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As the spring primaries sweep over the nation, the coverage of politics is booming, but so is a more somber topic: the number of threats made against Wisconsin schools.

Since 2015, there have been over 20 bomb or general threats made to schools and universities in the state of Wisconsin alone. These threats result in school closings and investigations, which takes time away from student learning from the elementary level to the college level.

In addition, that lost time must be made up due to Wisconsin Act 257. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) created this act in 2013 in order to eliminate the 180 day requirement, however, it now requires “at least 1,137 hours of direct pupil instruction in grades 7 to 12,” according to the DPI’s website. This complication caused some schools to add extra days on to the school year, or in Homestead’s case, take away flex time.

The increased frequency of threats made to schools has also brought up the question of how seriously communities should take these threats, and if anything should be done to prevent them. For example, administration could block different platforms of social media on school grounds.

The interactive map above shows the location and date of various threats made to schools and universities from 2015 to 2016 so far.

Information compiled from Fox 6 News, My Community Now, and New Richmond News.