Only if the National Guard is posted!
The Capital Times is trying to dig out from its disastrous demand that Madison’s public high schools evict school resource police officers. Editor Paul Fanlund kickstarts the back pedaling by riding former police chief Noble Wray’s call for a “summit” on police in schools.
How this summit might transpire, we are never told. If as an in-person conclave, shock troops from Freedom Inc., Progressive Dane, and BLM would disrupt it. That’s how they got the school board president last year to cave — by F-bombing her home with bullhorns and signage.
Fanlund tries to explain away his myopia: “There was longstanding criticism that the SROs (school resource officers) were part of a ‘school-to-prison pipeline’ that contributes to the frighteningly disproportionate number of people of color in our prison system. It’s hard to see Wray as any kind of agent of such a pipeline,” the editor acknowledges — since Wray is a black man as is current Police Chief Shon Barnes, who also champions police in schools.
Fact is, Freedom Inc. et al never represented black or brown Madison — only their own Marxist ideology.
Talk about weak arguments!
The current school board is locked in to Woke nihilism. Incumbents Ananda Mirilli and Cris Carusi are not seeking re-election but Ali Muldrow is. All three voted to expel police officers from our four troubled high schools while resisting suspending the young troublemakers because “EQUITY.” Some of those kids managed to shut down East high school in November for the one-third of its enrollment who stayed home, fearing violence. (Candidates have 22 days to file for the April election next year. See sidebar at right.)
But the CT was all-in on defunding police in schools at the time. Forget not its infamous 06-22-21 editorial: “It is time to stop stationing police officers in Madison schools:”
The board should vote to remove the SROs for two reasons.
First, this shift in approach is appropriate and necessary. The arguments for it are strong. The arguments against are weak.
Second, the change can be a starting point for a host of changes that need to be made to create new models for public safety and public service in Madison and Dane County.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Hard to argue with “logic” that circuitous. Hard to take seriously any source that spectacularly wrong.