Kids do the darndest things!
Madison west high ERO and school staffer injured
breaking up student fight
Here are eight nominees that Madison school board member Dean Loumos can appoint to his proposed school cop review committee. His ad hoc committee on educational resource officers (EROs) recommended that young troublemakers sit in judgment of school cops, or EROs. (More here.)
The cop review committee would have up to 20 members “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.”
We lift this straight from Police Chief Mike Koval’s daily police log:
1) Officers responded to West High School for a report of multiple juveniles fighting. Principal combatants were identified as a 16-year-old AAF, 17-year-old AAF and a 15-year-old AAF. A school employee was battered during the altercation. A MPD officer sustained a broken hand as well during his attempt to break up the fight. The 16-year-old and 17-year-old juveniles were charged with disorderly conduct. The 15-year-old juvenile was charged with battery to a school official. Additional charges may be forthcoming.
School board member Dean Loumos, injured West high ERO Justin Creech, and anti-cop propaganda from Freedom Inc.
The WI State Journal reports: “The fight was one of several disturbances reported at the school around 8:30 a.m., with school staff trying to restore order after loud outbursts and disruptive behavior, Madison police said.”
“Numerous officers were called to West to back up the educational resource officer,” said police spokesman Joel DeSpain.
2) Weapons Offense – 2:41 p.m. Officers responded to O’Keefe Middle School after that a student/victim (12-year-old WM) notified school officials that another student/suspect (12-year-old WM) pulled a knife on him and threatened him. A knife was not located. No charges have been substantiated at this time.
3) Weapons Offense – 3:19 p.m. Officers responded to Balsam Rd for a report of a male making “threats with a gun.” Officers arrived in the area and observed two subjects (later identified to be suspects) fleeing from the area on foot. The two suspects (16-year-old AAM and 18-year-old AAM) were apprehended. Investigation revealed that an on-going dispute occurred between the two suspects identified and a third suspect (24-year-old AAM). The 16-year-old was cited for resisting and released from the scene. The two other suspects were arrested for multiple charges, including battery, bail jumping, disorderly conduct and resisting.
4) Sexual Assault of a Child – 4:06 p.m. Officers met with a victim (14-year-old HF) who reported being physically and sexually assaulted by a classmate/suspect (14-year-old UM). Child Protective Services notified. Investigation continuing.
Yet, Dean Loumos and his ad hoc committee on EROs “learned that the presence of EROs can needlessly contribute to the criminalization of student behavior and negatively affect students’ sense of safety and belonging.”
So much so that, last week, Loumos proposed banning EROs from parking their police squad cars on school grounds! (“Let police do their jobs in Madison schools.”)
Blaska’s Bottom Line Question: Dean, did the EROs “criminalize” the six juveniles in today’s police report?