Police not even notified
Madison public schools have been in session for about a month. It is the first month in many years without school resource police officers at the four major high schools. The woke school board kicked police out in 2019 and school last year was conducted virtually due to the Covid pandemic. The Werkes has been hearing chatter about multiple fights at those schools.
Now WMTV-15 is showing student-captured smart phone video of fights, including a one-sided assault at Madison East high school.
The latter shows a Madison East sophomore attacked by two other students who ran into his classroom as he sat in the front row. It appears they were not fellow classmates but entered the classroom to pummel him.
The mother told TV-15: “The teachers are hands off and I’m pretty sure they are told to be hands off.” The mother has pulled her son out of school. She filed a police report, not the school district.
The incidents are not isolated, as East high Principal Sean Leavy admits in a message to parents:
Since the start of in-person learning this school year, our administrative team and deans of students have responded to multiple alterations during lunch hour that have taken place on and off school grounds, with some of these altercations becoming physical.
In a second WMTV-15 report, spokesman Tim LeMonds (he has a tough job) did his best to defend the school district’s police-free safety plan: “The big difference is SROs … Our buildings are safe … will things happen? We hope not but yes, there will be incidents.”
The school district’s dense “safety plan” dictates that police are not called until the district safety director approves. The victim’s mother told WMTV-15, “The school did not call me, the school did not call my husband, the school did not call the police. I reached out to the school when I received a text from my son.”
School board president Ali Muldrow, who voted to expel police from the schools, told WMTV-15:
My fellow board members and I take very seriously the safety of our students. So any time a student is harmed, we want to be proactive in examining what we can do to support the school and the students involved and what we can do moving forward to make sure our students are as safe as possible.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: The school violence was entirely predictable. Do you slow down to the speed limit when you see a police squad car? Would you be inclined to refrain from beating other students if you knew a police officer patrolled the corridors?