Cop haters still harangue Madison’s school board

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

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:

Burglary: looking for IDs and keys

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:

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. 

About David Blaska

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6 Responses to Cop haters still harangue Madison’s school board

  1. Bill Everley says:

    I think that most parents of MMSD students would like to KEEP the EROs in the schools. However, instead of public conflicts, we’d prefer to directly contact our School Board members. It’s safer for us AND our kids not to be singled out by the BLM crew.


  2. Bill Everley wrote, “I think that most parents of MMSD students would like to KEEP the EROs in the schools. However, instead of public conflicts, we’d prefer to directly contact our School Board members. It’s safer for us AND our kids not to be singled out by the BLM crew.”

    I completely understand and respect your point of view.

    Something you may not have thought of is that you, and others like you, are doing exactly what these intentionally intimidating social justice warrior propagandists want you to do, you are allowing them to have the “only” voices shared in public so the “world” sees no real opposition to their ideology thus implying that there is no reasonable opposition.

    The time is now to be part of the adult crowd that stands up and stands against these ignorant people.

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  3. Bill Everley says:

    I get that; however, decisions are made by those in power, not those in the media spotlight. The Freedom Inc. folks are annoying, but they have already lost on this one by their behavior. No way the teachers go to work at high schools without EROs there. It’s just too dangerous for many of them. Sadly, the poorer our schools become, the more dangerous they become. While there are some good arguments for and against EROs in schools, they are necessary in this day and age.


  4. madisonexpat says:

    Name one good argument?


    • Batman says:

      I presume you mean a good argument against having EROs in schools expat.
      Mr. Everley must have something in mind so I hope he is willing to share.


      • Bill Everley says:

        Sure…and I’m not saying this affects me or my kids in any way, but there are students who do feel threatened by a cop in the school. Not because they have done something wrong, but because they have witnessed police brutality wherever they came from. I think we have to recognize that the “no cops in schools” movement came from somewhere, not out of thin air. I personally think these students need to be exposed to good cops so they can learn that most cops ARE good people who care about their well-being, but I also understand that these kids’ “reality” is much different than ours. However, they are in the overwhelming minority and we shouldn’t have their “reality” dictate policies for the rest of us. I do not expect the School Board to get rid of EROs. I do expect they might restrict the types of tickets that EROs can write to students. I think both sides of this debate have trolled each other to the point that no matter what happens, neither will be happy. And I do think that the failure of the MMSD to allow ANYONE to publicly comment without being shouted down is downright un-american!


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