Just catching up with events in the Mad Madison school district, this time at Leopold elementary school. Thanks to Dylan Brogan of Isthmus, one of the finest reporters in town, we learn only this week of an incident four weeks ago, well before the Spring school board election.
Children lie about what happened at school? Who knew?
Parents turn a behavior issue into a racial incident? Forget it, Jake, it’s Madison.
Most disturbing, school district P.R. person urges the news media to spike the story? Of course.
Ten-year-old girl alleges principal smacked her in the face. Mother over-reacts.
“Where is the fucking principal? I’m gonna beat her white ass,” the kid’s mother screamed outside the principal’s office, according to the — get this! — 32-page police report. Five police officers respond, two of whom are African-American but not black enough for good ol’ mom. She called the officer, “an Uncle Tom with a white dick in your mouth.”
The kid’s uncle gets in on the act, threatens to kill police.
Roll the video. Never happened. Police should but do not arrest mom and uncle for disorderly conduct — regardless of whether the child was struck or not. School district official encourages Isthmus to spike the story. The real take-away: for perhaps the first time, one, lonely school district official sticks up for the educator.
Thank you T.J. Mertz, for becoming the first MMSD official to back up a teacher/school principal or, at the very least, not throw them under the school bus before getting all the facts. Of course, he was defeated for re-election. Paging Rev. Alex Gee — can we preach school discipline? Michael Johnson of Boys & Girls Clubs, can we encourage parents to set an example? Ananda Mirilli and Ali Muldrow, can we start by banning the F-bomb at school board meetings? Just to set a better tone?
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Thank you Ali for buying dinner at The Sardine last week. Enjoyed our mutual Debate #7. Good to see John Nichols and Mary Bottari there. Thanks for buying dessert. Blaska bet Muldrow $50 that the Open Enrollment statistics three years hence will show more Madison residents fleeing district schools than the net 804 leaving this school year.
I’ve already spent the $50, Ali.