If not the police?
Now, The Capital Times wants more kids to be suspended from school? More troublemakers kicked out? NOW?
In the wake of two student walk-outs, “East High students are absolutely right to pressure the Madison school district on sexual assaults,” Dane County’s progressive voice editorializes.
Impose “sanctions for perpetrators of sexual assault on or off campus from suspension to expulsion,” the publication demands.
→ Even if the “perpetrators” are over-represented by racial identity?
This ain’t passing notes in class
Pardon us for broaching the sticky matter of due process. Would the “perpetrator” be allowed a self defense? If not a jury trial in criminal court, what tribunal? Would the Madison school board take evidence? Hear testimony? At what point does the school district pre-empt the criminal justice system? Wisconsin law provides for four degrees of sexual assault, the first three of which are felonies.
Even misdemeanor fourth-degree sexual assault, which entails what we used to call “petting” — except non-consensual, pulls nine months in the county jail and/or fines up to $10,000.
We ask these pesky questions because The Capital Times demands the all-progressive Madison school board devise “clear protocols for every student on how to report incidents both on and off district property.”
“On or off campus”? To whom does the victim report? School principal? If one proposed reporting a crime to police (as we did here) one would not be a Woke progressive. We nominate school board president Ali Muldrow. She wanted the police gone. She can take their calls.
More cop bashing from progressives
“In her brilliant new book, The Second: “Race and guns in a fatally unequal America,” Emory University professor Carol Anderson offers a constitutional history that exposes how the Second Amendment “was designed and has consistently been constructed to keep African Americans powerless and vulnerable.” — John Nichols in The Capital Times.
Chickens have come home
… and they are roosting. We understand that the incident that provoked the Madison high school walk-outs occurred at a party on private property. The students are apprehensive that the alleged perp still walks the halls.
“Students don’t feel safe,” one of the student organizers told the news media. Might students feel a tad safer if a uniformed Madison police officer were walking the same halls? But The Capital Times helped chase Cops Out of Schools, part of BLM’s larger Defund the Police movement.
We suspect that the alleged sexual assault was only the trigger, that students are roiling from more pervasive disorder. Anyone remember students protesting lack of safety before this school year? Blaska ran for school board two years ago on a platform of returning control of the classroom to teachers and schools to principals. With no school resource police officers, no one is in a position of authority, any more.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Bad enough too many young people are not learning self-discipline at home. A tragedy that Madison won’t teach it at school. Another way that Woke progressivism victimizes the most vulnerable.