The first elected official stands up for Cops in School:
Ald. Paul Skidmore
A fair turnout of citizens Monday night telling the Madison school board to keep police in our troubled high schools, but still not what we would like. Seven of us took the podium, including yours truly, but many two times that many supporters helped fill the seats. We expect many more when the board takes final action on whether to renew the contract with Madison Police.
The Freedom Inc. Youth Brigade and International Socialists continue to dominate the proceedings; 12 of them spoke to our 7 and they roamed the auditorium at Doyle MMSD hdq harassing folks who wanted to record this public meeting. School district security personnel did absolutely nothing to stop them.
Special thanks to Ald. Paul Skidmore, the first elected official in Madison to stand up to the bullies and declare his support for the educational resource officers. For that, HE was harassed. Especially when he used the term “very bad behavior.” Ooh, those must be trigger words. (Ald. Skidmore’s testimony here.)
His allotted three minutes were interrupted by hecklers, which is why he went over the allotted time. One tall drink of water shouted at him as they exchanged places at the podium.
School board president Mary Burke admonished the crowd to listen respectfully but did not read the lawyered-up statement proclaiming the right to record a public meeting that had been recited at the ERO committee meetings.
As expected, the school board took no action on the issue; it was on the agenda but only as a progress (or lack thereof) report.
For the first time in six meetings this reporter has witnessed, the social justice warriors abjured use of the F-bomb, probably because of our shaming them on that account. Several speakers did take the Squire’s name in vain. At this rate your Squire will become an honorary Koch Brother.
Horror stories from the school-to-prison pipeline
One guilty white mother alleged that Blaska recorded only “brown children” speakers in his attempt to “intimidate.” Fake news! (On the video above, she’s the woman sitting in front of my smart phone who turns around and glares at me while we are recording the tall — and damnably white — drink of socialism.)
The lady lamented that a police officer hauled a black girl out of school after she became “upset” that the teacher told her to quit using her cell phone in class. Her third-hand account (extrapolated from a brief, all-school e-mail blast) leaves ample room for interpretation. The term “upset” is pregnant with possibilities, ranging from doing a slow burn to Parkland, Florida. For that matter, this mother doesn’t know that the upset cell phone girl was black. She just assumes it.
The testimony of Cynthia, described as a Freedom Inc. “youth organizer,” was read into the record.
I wake up at 6:30 a.m. and spend the hours in school learning about white peoples’ violent and shitty history … I get discriminated against because of my my skin color and that I can speak another language. I get stopped by the police because of my clothing … and for bending gender norms.
That’s at least three checkboxes on the identity politics scorecard! Again, no specifics. Another older student testified he came late to class and the police officer asked why “and then he let me go.” Compelling stuff!
Otherwise, none of the 12 on the other side related any Klan-like terror in the halls of Madison academia, forcing them to draw upon isolated episodes, collected like exotic beetles, from remote corners of the nation.
The tall drink of water from the Socialist Internationale spouted a well rehearsed stream of Marxist-Leninist boilerplate. A young suzy cream cheese apologized for her middle class values and inexcusably light complexion. Had she only known during her privileged high school years, she would have been more “woke.” She, too, witnessed no subjugation, likely because white supremacy had blinded her to the rampant injustice occurring in the very same hallways. She vowed to do penance, her testimony Monday in fulfillment of that vow.
Other speakers fell back on Tony Robinson, Michael Brown, and other cant. “You all are preparing us for prison,” the school board was told. Next speaker: “You are bringing more violence to black and brown children.” Police were established to protect property, not minorities.
EROs are ‘an invaluable asset’
Parent Jeff Meyer testified (in part):
I have had 4 children attend Madison Schools in the past. Two white and two black. Two were adopted and one was a foster child. One of the adopted children was special needs.
The ERO at Lafollette High School was an invaluable asset when my special needs daughter attended. She had many mental health and behavioral issues which resulted in frequent security and police contact in and out of school. Officer Rossetti was the ERO at Lafollette while she was there and was able to develop a relationship with our daughter which helped immensely in diffusing some very difficult situations both on and off campus.
As for Blaska, he related the statement posted on the neighborhood NextDoor site by lady named Berit Stevens, who teaches at La Follette and said a scheduling conflict prevent her from attending Monday evening.
I have been teaching at a Madison high school for 16 years. Because my 100 or more students heard that the ERO might be taken from our school and were talking about it during class I took a poll. 94% of my students were not happy about getting rid of EROs. At least 1/2 of my students are black if not more. Some said that our ERO was the only person he could talk with, others said it was one of the few positive experiences they’ve had with a police officer, others said it just made them feel safe.
What of the other 6%? Blaska asked. Are our schools places of learning? Could they learn that police help those who need help?
Thanks to Matt Kittle for giving me air time Monday …. and catch me TODAY on Ms. Vicki’s fine program at 1310 AM from 4:30 to 5 this afternoon (08-28-18).
Blaska also testified:
Saturday morning, my neighbors in Orchard Ridge awoke to find a young man dead on their lawn. He had been shot to death. Teenagers are stealing cars through the city. Home burglaries and heroin overdoses are becoming routine. School shootings across the nation demand more security, not less.
Yet somehow, for the past 18 months the Madison school board has been trying to expel educational resource officers — city police — from our four public high schools!
… They allege that police officers in the schools feed the “school-to-prison pipeline.” One of them even said police are trained to kill black kids, even though all four Madison EROs are minorities!
I can assure you that no E.R.O. shot that young man to death on Cameron Drive, stole those automobiles, broke into those garages, or over-dosed on opioids.
The social dysfunction of many Madison neighborhoods does not stop at the school house door.
Burglary in progress
Aren’t the new home security cameras mah-velous! Watch this burglary in progress on Madison’s southwest side, as shared on social media:
We had a burglary this morning in the Birch Hill Dr and Redwood Ln area in Meadowood. Burglar took wallet, purse, and keys. If you find lost items, IDs, or keys in the area please contact us to return them. At least one ID has been found so far this way. Thanks!
Video with suspect’s face can be seen here: https://ring.com/share/6593967550434213513
No doubt a victim of the school-to-burglary pipeline.
About the dead guy found on the lawn on Cameron Drive early Saturday morning, the WI State Journal identified the victim as De’Anthony D. Miggins, age 23. Dead from “homicidal firearm violence.” We take that to mean he was shot to death.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Undoubtedly, a victim of the school-to-graveyard pipeline.