Madison school board committee buys into
school-to-prison pipeline theory
School police must be restrained from harassing kids;
students should be taught their criminal justice rights and — unbelievably! — the troublemakers will sit in review of the cops’ actions!
They’re shooting up the east-side neighborhood surrounding La Follette high school. Kids with guns, living out the swaggering gangsta lifestyle.
Against this reality on the ground, stark as a chalk outline, even the starry-eyed Madison school board had to take notice.
Wednesday evening (09-26-18) their committee had to surrender to reality: police will remain in schools, it recommended (as we reported Friday), despite the best efforts over the last 20 months of school board member Dean Loumos and former member Anna Moffit (both are Progressive Dane), among others, against expelling the educational resource officers (EROs).
But the EROs would be second-guessed by a new oversight committee of up to 20 members — teachers, school board members, community representatives, police, and students. But not the usual mix. No, the make-up of this advisory committee must “reflect the demographics of the school sites in which the ERO serves …
… with an emphasis on representing youth who are the most cited, suspended or expelled or otherwise are / have been involved with the juvenile justice system.”
Blaska’s Bottom Line (in the middle of the blog): If that doesn’t mean putting the actual shooters in judgment of the cops then it implies they can be represented by race. That is RACIST TO THE CORE!
Miss Landers will need a flak jacket
A 16-year-old boy was wounded in a gun fight Wednesday morning. (What’s he doing on Turner Avenue, two blocks east of the school, at 10:30 in the morning on a school day?) An innocent motorist today gives thanks that no one was in the passenger’s seat as he drove by or that toll might be higher.
Last week, a handgun discharged on a city bus leaving school; two more kids injured. Could have been much worse. How many more guns are out there?
This morning, kids entering the high school and nearby Sennet middle school were electronically wanded. They are, after all, entering a danger zone: school.
La Follette may be wanding today but don’t go looking in student lockers. The ad hoc committee on educational resource officers (EROs) wants a limit on locker searches only when there is “probable cause of a crime or where there is an imminent threat of danger.” (Got a warrant, copper?)
Teach Madison students their criminal justice rights!
Bring in the ACLU! The school district has got to make sure the little troublemakers know their rights! Students should “be educated annually regarding their civilian constitutional rights when interacting with law enforcement.” The committee Wednesday evening also recommended:
• Each school have designated contacts at the administrator level so that … the presence of officers who respond will be less likely to escalate a potentially volatile situation. (Those damn cops, always escalating potentially volatile situations!)
• Assign no cops as educational resource officers unless first approved by the school district, which can remove them if it wants. Then the school district demands extra training in “de-escalation, trauma-informed interventions, adolescent brain development” and the jesuitical school district Behavior Education Plan.
• Teachers, do not be so cavalier about calling the police just because Mandy is staring at her smart phone. No, Miss Landers, “in instances other than emergencies, every level of behavioral response be exhausted prior to calling an ERO into a classroom.” And when you do, document so that the full MMSD Board of Education can review your decision. And no threatening students that you’ll call the cops if they don’t behave! Got that?
• Madison Police already have a grievance procedure if citizens have a beef against a cop; this school board committee wants another grievance procedure “readily available to all students, parents, and staff.”
• A school administration tying itself in knots to make the racial numbers work wants more statistics: “At a minimum disaggregated by race, gender, disability status, and … offense … on the number of calls to classrooms, [and] the proportion of those that pertain to criminal activities.”
The full school board will take a crack at the reccs at a special meeting 6 p.m. Monday, October 8, at 545 W. Dayton St.