Where does the Whitehorse middle school educator go
to get his reputation back?
No charges against the positive behavior coach at Whitehorse middle school, says district attorney Ismael Ozanne. (More here.)
Madison Police document dump here. Eleven-year-old says to educator demanding she accompany him out of the classroom, “Leave me the fuck alone.”
Blaska is not surprised. Neither are the mother and grandmother of the black 11-year-old girl who was supposedly manhandled by that white Madison educator. For different reasons.
In a press conference closed to all but accredited news media, Ozanne stated:
“I am aware of public narratives about this incident. Some members of our community have coupled this information with their own experience, drawing conclusions that are simply wrong.”
Where have we heard that before (Ferguson, Missouri; Baltimore Md)?
Afterwards, mother and grandmother told the assembled news media and this blog that Ozanne’s decision was just another cover-up of white racism in Madison, even though the district attorney himself is of mixed race.
Ozanne actually asked Madison police to forward the case to him, even though MPD never established probable cause to make arrest. Ozanne interviewed mom, kid, grandparent and the pastor and the teachers at Whitehorse.
“I do not believe a crime was committed,” Ozanne concluded at a 1 p.m. press conference today (03-05-19).
No charges? More proof of racism!
After the press conference, the mother of the 11-year-old girl acknowledged her daughter should have obeyed the lawful commands of the teacher but contends that positive behavior coach over-reacted.
The Blaska Policy Werkes acknowledges that what may not rise to the level of a criminal offense could well be a violation of school district procedure.
Even so, we continue to believe that superintendent Jennifer Cheatham was premature to castigate. Before she ever spoke to anyone at Whitehorse, Cheatham put out a statement that:
“The most recent incident at Whitehorse Middle School was especially horrific. No matter what comes out of the police investigation, there was a failure on our part. We will review every fact to understand what happened so that we can take aggressive action.”
We try to talk reason when all else fails
Stop by my Facebook page to experience the parry and thrust of missionary work here in the Emerald City:
Max Miller: What does “Return control to the teachers and administrators mean?” Allow them to expel children at their discretion? Call police to have children arrested? Corporal punishment? Again I ask you, What are you actually proposing, what control should the teachers and administrators have?
David Blaska for Safer Schools: To remove children from the classroom to restore order. Do you disagree? To defend themselves against violent students. Do you disagree? To call the police when they feel a physical threat (and as mandated by Wisconsin Act 143). Do you disagree? To not be thrown under the school bus by Doyle administration bldg BEFORE administrators even talk to the educator actually on the ground. Do you disagree?
Now please describe to me what actually occurs in the Restorative Justice Room? … Thank you, Max Miller. Me neither.
Max Miller: Thank you for answering the question.
Reeves Smith: What are you going to do after you lose the election?
David Blaska for Safer Schools: Pour myself a nice glass of cabernet sauvignon and watch more parents leave the school district, I suppose. You?