Survey results show mixed picture for Wisconsin youth

Results from the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) provide both promising and troubling news about the status of high school students in Wisconsin. On one hand, the vast majority of students are passing their classes, feel they belong at their school, and have a supportive teacher or other adult that they can go to with problems. Rates of sexual activity; smoking; alcohol use, including binge drinking; and marijuana use are all in decline. However, students also sleep less, are on their devices more, and are more likely to feel sad or hopeless, and to consider and plan suicide. Nearly 50 percent of girls and 30 percent of boys report anxiety.

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WEAC President Martin asks legislators to focus on more school resources, fewer guns

In testimony submitted Tuesday to the Assembly Education Committee, WEAC President Ron Martin said the solution to school violence is not more guns but proper resources to address issues that include student mental health, school safety improvements, staff training and common sense gun laws. “While the package of bills under consideration appropriates funding for more armed guards, more equipment, more reporting requirements, it is imperative the committee recognizes what is missing,” Martin said. “The package of bills under consideration by the committee contains not one of the recommendations for safe schools forwarded by those of us who work in and with them.”

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Tell your elected leaders to co-sponsor Wisconsin Student Safety Solutions

As many students nationwide participated in a National School Walkout against gun violence, educators throughout Wisconsin wore orange Wednesday to demonstrate their support for common sense gun legislation. This is a good time to tell your legislators to co-sponsor the Wisconsin Student Safety Solutions legislation, which includes the principles for safe schools forwarded by the state Department of Public Instruction in partnership with WEAC.

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Arming teachers is not the solution to school violence, WEAC President Ron Martin says

WEAC President Ron Martin told WTMJ TV in Milwaukee Thursday that arming teachers is not the solution to school violence. “I think there’s some danger in creating legislation or policy that allows educators to carry guns in our public schools or even private schools for that matter,” Martin said. He said policy-makers need to listen to students who are calling for common-sense gun laws. “Our kids are telling us what needs to happen and we need to listen to them. We need to listen to them and take their advice.”

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