It Could Never Happen Here-Take 2

As a parent of 3 children of my own and the Principal of many, I am like most of you and would like to believe that things like human trafficking won’t happen to my own children or my school children. However, given the statistics on these topics and our youth, it would be naive to believe that it isn’t happening in our County or even in our school. In fact, it is happening in our county. I pray that it won’t happen to “ our” youth, but it might. Prevention on these topics is necessary to keep our students safe.

Natalie, a Sexual Assault Specialist and Advocate from Safe Harbor, and Scott Wieland, a Detective for Sheboygan County, are coming to Oostburg to present to all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students on Monday, March 4, 2019.  Natalie and Det. Wieland have teamed together to talk to students at schools throughout the County about human trafficking.  While a very sensitive and personal subject, school prevention programs are presented  in an age-appropriate manner and are designed to raise awareness. Students also learn about resources, risk reduction strategies and bystander intervention.

On March 4, in the OHS Auditorium, Natalie and Det. Wieland will be speaking to all 6th grade students at 11:30 am, and to all 7th and 8th grade students at 1:00 pm. All parents and any community members are invited to join us during one or both of these presentations. Please check in at the OHS office prior to coming to the auditorium.  Parents, your child will be bringing home a letter explaining this as well on Friday, March 1, 2019. 

Immediately following each presentation, we will be breaking students into small groups to have a follow up discussion/debriefing with them about the presentation. I’d encourage parents, if you aren’t able to join us for the presentation, to have a conversation with your child about what they learned.

The last time we had a similar presentation was 2 years ago already. The feedback was positive from those parents in attendance. Also, I’ve included two links to articles related to human trafficking in the state of Wisconsin and Sheboygan. Please visit https://whbl.com/news/articles/2017/oct/03/violent-sex-trafficker-appears-in-sheboygan-county-court/ and http://www.sheboyganpress.com/story/news/local/2015/06/05/human-trafficking/28566791/ to learn more. 

Any questions pertaining to the presentations can be directed to Ms. Keri Lauritsen, the OMS School Counselor, at 920-564-2383 or keri.lauritsen@oostburg.k12.wi.us. 

While this is a sensitive subject that we don’t like to think about, the safety of our children is paramount. Prevention and education can save a life!

Sincerely, Sherri Stengel