Barron County (WQOW) – The Wisconsin Department of Justice is sending resources to the Barron School District – like trained therapists, school resource officers and comfort dogs.
All of this comes after Jayme Closs, 13, disappeared following her parents being shot to death.
“An entire state has been racked with Jayme’s disappearance, and the death of her parents,” said Attorney General Brad Schimel. “Obviously, this violent event has been deeply upsetting among Jayme’s peers and teachers. These trained therapists, school resource officers and therapy dogs are going to provide the schoolchildren and staff in Barron the support they need to get through the next few days. Then, critical
training will ensure they all have the support they need in the coming weeks and months.”
A therapist and school resource officer with a therapy dog from the Wausau Police Department will be at the Barron School District on Thursday to assist students and staff in managing trauma and mental health needs. The Office of School Safety is also offering a team of counselors to the school district by the end of the week.
Additionally, the Wisconsin Safe and Healthy Schools (WISH) Training & Technical Assistance Center will be providing emergency training to Barron School District staff and counselors on trauma-informed practices and PREPaRE training. PREPaRE training focuses on how school-based professionals can provide mental
health support to students and staff following a crisis.
All of these services will be funded through an emergency grant from DOJ. This is emergency grant is available through an emergency fund created within the $100 million allocated to DOJ for school safety, under 2017 Wisconsin Act 143. In addition, DOJ Division of Criminal Investigation, Child Abduction Response
Team, Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory, and Victim Services Crisis Response Team are also assisting local and federal law enforcement in the investigation. DOJ Victim Services Crisis Response Team are providing support to family and close friends of the family.