Lakeland Union High School brought in more police officers, and even toyed with the idea of metal detectors, after two student threats last month. The school might find more money to help boost its security thanks to lawmakers.
Governor Scott Walker signed a bill that provides 100 million dollars for schools to invest in new safety measures. Lakeland Union High School Principal Jim Bouche said his first thought when he heard the bill passed was "Thank you."
He says the district has already invested in several security measures like cameras, and completing background checks on all guests that come into the school.
"For the state to take a look at this as being a very important part of education today, I think it's a great opportunity for all of us to buy into," said Bouche.
Bouche says LUHS has been looking into metal detectors, door jams, and other, newer safety measures for the district. But he says most of those things are costly, so support from the state could make getting those systems more feasible.
"I think this is going to give principals and superintendents an opportunity to look at what's out there. This is a definite positive step in the right direction for safety and security for our students and staff," said Bouche.
The added bonus according to Bouche, is that the state's financial help could allow schools the ability to put more money into the classroom.