School safety officer sandbags police to protect gun-toting kids 

Maybe it’s a blessing that schools are returning to virtual!

The facts are these: high school-age kids in two vehicles, one of them stolen and used in an armed robbery, rendezvous in a fast food parking lot not far from East high school. They show off their firearms. Citizen reports incident to police. Officer pursues one of the vehicles but gives up chase after his quarry jumps the curb and escapes down a bicycle path. A bicycle path! Mind you, this is on October 28, a warm and beautiful autumn day.

Police obtain surveillance video from the sandwich shop that very day. Send images to the Madison WI Metropolitan School District’s co-director of school safety, Gina Aguglia. No reply. The next day, a Friday, police try again, are put on hold, then cut off. That next Monday, three days later, Aguglia promises to share the images with staff at East high school and would get back to police on November 4. Never did.

We pity the school district’s spokesperson, Tim LeMonds, who we have found to be prompt and forthcoming. But he is forced to defend the indefensible. LeMonds told WI State Journal reporter Christ Rickert that “It was [Aguglia’s] determination after reviewing them further, the poor quality of the images would not allow for any definitive identification.” That’s one person’s opinion. How about showing the evidence to others, as promised? Maybe the home room teacher or someone else might have had success.

LeMonds told the State Journal that teachers are not discouraged from contacting police. Scour the 111-page district safety plan and try to find where they are encouraged to contact police. As Blaska warned months ago:

→ “School safety plan omits police, rewards analysis paralysis.”

→ “War on school discipline must end.”

Demand accountability

We can draw no conclusion other than that the school district’s head of security sandbagged police in furtherance of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. MMSD describes Aguglia as “committed to teaching and coaching educators in evidence-based critical response with alternative forms of mental health support as a tool to reduce violence in school buildings, promote mental health support as a first response, and minimize reactionary and exclusionary practices, specifically resulting in disproportionate rates of students of color in behavioral referral data and the justice system.”

•   Our question to school board president Ali Muldrow: you’ve already expelled police from school grounds, is Aguglia keeping East high students safe? After all, one-third of the student body sheltered at home after one incident rather than risk further violence.

•   Our question to District Attorney Ismael Ozanne: will you charge Aguglia with obstruction of justice?

•   Our question to the teachers union: When will you speak out for the safety of your members and the students they teach?

•   Our question for the WI State Journal: Your reporter is uncovering the facts; when will your editorial page demand heads roll?

•   Our question for the citizenry: Candidates have until Tuesday next week to file for school board. No one is challenging school board president Muldrow. Candidates for the other two positions are all Woke progressives like Muldrow. Are you satisfied with more of the same?

Blaska’s Bottom Line: Crazy is defined as continuing to vote for the same progressives and expecting anything to change.

Has Madison given up on its public schools?

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14 Responses to School safety officer sandbags police to protect gun-toting kids 

  1. nathanemarks says:

    These are good questions to ask, and I am glad someone is.

    They are also good questions to have answered….but don’t hold your breath.


  2. Bill Cleary says:

    I said it before and I’ll say it again.

    I think that what needs to be said here is best said in an exert from a speech that Teddy Roosevelt gave in 1910 called “Citizenship in a Republic-The man in the arena”

    In this speech he said in part: “…….But if a man’s efficiency is not guided and regulated by a moral sense, then the more efficient he is the worse he is, the more dangerous to the body politic. Courage, intellect, all the masterful qualities, serve but to make a man more evil if they are merely used for that man’s own advancement, with brutal indifference to the rights of others. It speaks ill for the community if the community worships these qualities and treats their possessors as heroes regardless of whether the qualities are used rightly or wrongly. It makes no difference as to the precise way in which this sinister efficiency is shown. It makes no difference whether such a man’s force and ability betray themselves in a career of money-maker or politician, soldier or orator, journalist or popular leader. If the man works for evil, then the more successful he is the more he should be despised and condemned by all upright and far-seeing men. To judge a man merely by success is an abhorrent wrong; and if the people at large habitually so judge men, if they grow to condone wickedness because the wicked man triumphs, they show their inability to understand that in the last analysis free institutions rest upon the character of citizenship, and that by such admiration of evil they prove themselves unfit for liberty……….”

    This is a great speech, you should read it sometime

    In our society today, character no longer matters. Our children are just a reflection of that reality. For our school teachers, administrators and school boards to feed that evil that displays a “brutal indifference to the rights of others”. For them to teach that this evil is just a part of our society by their continuing indifference to it is just appalling.

    Pray my fellow Americans. Pray long and hard. We are fast coming to the point were we as the people of this nation are proving ourselves unfit for liberty.

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  3. patrickmoloughlin says:

    I do hope that Aguglia was surprised to see her face on the front page today. She won’t be able to sweep this under rug any more.

    I suppose you can’t blame her, after all, her job is to specifically avoid facilitating the arrest of children of color. She is the SRO replacement. Armed with a degree in Sociology from UW, she charges into the chaos and violence to stop those reactionary attitudes that lead to exclusionary practices (punishment/expulsion.) Because lord knows we’ve had plenty of that, and as Freedom Inc will remind you, police have been arresting people for years, and yet crime keeps happening. It’s time to try an enlightened approach. Restorative justice, we have been told, cannot even co-exist with punishment. Apparently, just punishing one child of color, ruins the entire project and no restorative justice occurs for anybody, anywhere.

    So this woman is working hard to see that no arrests happen. It’s her job.


  4. patrickmoloughlin says:

    Just wondering if she would have sandbagged the cops for a couple of white kids?

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  5. Bill Cleary says:

    I’ll add one comment to this discussion with a reference to a 1989 movie called “Lean on Me”

    This is a story of a school in New Jersey that was failing it’s students and in danger of being closed. In order to avoid that consequence a new principle played by Morgan Freeman was brought in to make the school a place of learning.

    His first action was to expel all the drug dealers, thieves, trouble makers and addicts so they would not be a bother to the other students who were trying to learn.

    In short, he turned the school around so that the priority of the teachers was to teach their students the basics in order to pass the state standards by not allowing those who were there just to make trouble.

    This is what our school system needs.


    • One eye says:

      That movie would be protested today.

      Remember the scene where he declares himself the HNIC? Then another character explains what it stands for? Unfathomable now.

      Madison will continue it’s slow slide into becoming CN (Chicago North).

      It is going to take a strong leader from within the black community to turn it around. I hope that Kaleem Caire is successful. All the other posers need to stay out of his way.


  6. Mike says:

    If Madison really was a city that gave a rats behind about the kids, that safety officer would be removed from office immediately and forever banned from having anything to do with public schools for as long as she lives. But, Madison being the bastion of Liberal group think (if thinking is even allowed) she will receive a commendation, be promoted and in the not too distant future will run as a favored candidate for State School Superintendent, and then maybe Governor. Liberals love ignorance and incompetence. Look at our mayor, Governor, AG, President and Vice President.


  7. Balboa says:

    Diversity, Inclusion and Equity or D.I.E. which is what will continue to happen if this continues to be more important than safety of students, staff and private law abiding citizens.

    Just bring on the comet and end this.


  8. Liberty says:

    It’s all appalling. You ask great questions.

    If change was going to happen, I think it would have happened by now. The people who should care the most are the parents, and secondly the teachers. If they’re not outraged and not showing up to make their voices heard, why should the rest of us extend effort? Not being sarcastic. Sincere question.

    Parents are voting by taking their kids out of public school or moving. Many of us without kids also feel outnumbered in a city of insanity. We’re exhausted by all of it and we’re tired of paying taxes that fuel the insanity. We feel our only option is to move.

    For the first time in I don’t know how long I didn’t even bother to vote in the spring election last April. The choice for alder was dismal, and for the first time I thought “Why bother?” It shouldn’t be like this.


  9. Bill Cleary says:


    Me thinks that the liberal/socialists may end up in a way eating themselves. For example:

    Around 6 days ago 3 men were arrested in McFarland for using as the news article put it: “3 arrested for anti-LGBT hate crime against McFarland child, authorities say”

    At the same time, according to Legal Insurrection, a Law Professor at the University of Illinois law school by the name of Jason Kilborn is being punished for using the following language:

    The question included the following: Employer’s lawyer traveled to meet the manager, who stated that she quit her job at Employer after she attended a meeting in which other managers expressed their anger at Plaintiff, calling her a ‘n____’ and ‘b____’ (profane expressions for African Americans and women) and vowed to get rid of her. Later, Plaintiff’s lawyer served an interrogatory demanding the identity and location of any person with any information related to the termination of Plaintiff’s employment at Employer or potential discrimination against Plaintiff by Employer or any agent of Employer. Can Employer identify the former manager but properly withhold her location, as this is the product of a significant amount of work and expense by Employer’s attorney?

    Now, my question would be if our D.A. who is handling the McFarland case uses even an abbreviation of the words that those men in McFarland used, would he or she be discriminating against the LGBT community by doing so?

    Teaching people to think in the real world is apparently no longer the goal in education.


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