Elmbrook’s non-resident enrollment makes the news

A non-resident student and her mother roughed up another student (also non-resident) today at Elmbrook’s East High School. It made the television news!

Yet another reason to be proud of Elmbrook school district.

(Remember, with residential enrollment declining, our superintendent will be looking elsewhere for more enrollment to fill his bigger, better high schools.)

Comments

  1. Besides an increase in pride in Elmbrook the Elmbrook tax payer gets to pay extra for that priviledge. The kids get to fear being a victim of violence going to school (though I’m sure that the new bricks and mortar will minimize that fear).

  2. And I can’t help but wonder what race they were?

  3. I would guess they were of the HUMAN race.

    Three concerns arise when I read this.

    1) My particular concern here is, if I understand correctly, the girl called her mom who then arrived and things escalated. This would seem to indicate that some time had elapsed… possibly enough time for someone to contact a school authority, teacher, coach, guidance counselor, principal etc who may have intervened and at least seperated the individuals involved BEFORE things escalated.

    2) My secondary concern is who called the media?

    To summarize points 1 & 2: It would seem to me that it would’ve been easier to contact a school authority than the media. So I am wondering about the behavior of the witnesses – are the kids ruled by fear? And I wonder about the level of supervision, accessibility and/or responsiveness of the school authorities. I know they can’t be everywhere, yet I wonder how these things can be brewing and go undetected.

    3) My third concern, which may have been the 1st point for many: It always seems to be out-of-district kids! Is it just reported more?

    3-a) From the taxpayer view, it would be interesting to see the stats on problems in the middle & high schools involving non resident students. We understand their presence in vast numbers costs taxpayers more. Do they also cost the district more on average than is spent on an average resident student (considering such factors as ELL, special services, time lost due to disruption, buses which travel longer routes, etc)?

    3-b) It would also be interesting to hear, from a non-resident student standpoint, what is causing their meltdowns? Are they not aware of the value of the opportunity which has been made available to them?

    In conclusion, we need to keep encouraging the school board in their efforts to continue decreasing the numbers & percentage of non-resident students. Bigger is not always better. We need to focus on the quality of school life more than the quanity of students… we have reached a tipping point.

  4. Hi Cheri. It’s been awhile!

    I have only anecdotal evidence, but in-district problems probably outnumber out-of-district problems. Only the sensational items and the police calls end up in the paper.

    The only problems I’ve observed–and some were extreme–were with neighborhood kids. Parents and principals handled the situations. No hair was pulled. Go figure.

  5. I suspect the media didn’t get a call, but rather heard the incident on a police scanner. They always have them on.

    For what it’s worth, the youngest is having a hard start to the year this time. I don’t know if it’s school wide.

  6. Several notes.

    One, it looks like the mom was waiting at school when the bus with students on it from BCHS arrived at BEHS, so Cheri there may have been no time lapse here. I bet the disagreement happened on the bus ride in in the morning and escalated when the mom was there for the ride home.

    Two, this happened on September 10th. It’s kind of odd that it’s in print in the Freeman and on Channel 4, but doesn’t even make BrookfieldNOW or JournalSentinel’s radar? In any case, it doesn’t look to be a police scanner alert, as the story was 7 days after the arrest.

    Lastly, yes they are non-resident here, but the meltdown sure seems to have been the parent, not the student.

  7. Well thanks for clarifying the dates. Seven days later? The financial markets were falling apart – it wasn’t exactly a slow news day.

    Who sounded the alarm?

  8. Randy in Richmond says:

    Let me show my east coast ignorance. What specifically is a non-resident student? Is this a fancy name for a bussed student?

  9. Yep. But we’re very PC in Wisconsin.

  10. Randy in Richmond says:

    Don’t yall know we tried that and it was a dismal failure. The Federal Courts made us do it under the Voting Rights Act of 1965. We’ve gone full circle and are back to, as best as can be, neighborhood schools.

  11. This is more of a school choice, open enrollment sort of thing. Milwaukee is interested in going back to neighborhood schools, but Milwaukee families aren’t so interested. They have a lot of choices this way.

  12. That’s not the way I see it, Kathryn. The district courts non-resident students.

    Technically we have two forms – Chapter 220 and Open enrollment. Chapter 220 was started as the result of a lawsuit about not having enough minority representation in the Elmbrook district.

  13. Oh definitely. I was trying to distinguish between this and the 1965 get-on-the-bus-or-else version of integration.

  14. Ah. Got it.

  15. Front page of the Weekend Freeman . “Elmbrook seeing offenses by nonresident students”

  16. Today’s Waukesha Freeman (Saturday 9-20-08) covers this non-resident issue and a few others as their front page news.

    We see the mom was about 16 when her daughter was born. Not that that is an excuse.

    We see a non-resident student about the same age had drugs with intent to sell.

    We see 3 non-residents students beat a middle school girl. She is a friend of my daughter. This is a larger story than the others, I think. It is my understanding that this was not an isolated incident. This child has multiple physical scars from being beaten with track shoes containing metal spikes! This occured days or weeks before she was beaten with sticks. The non-physical scars may be worse… she has fear from death threats if she were to report the beatings. She wants a normal life, she wants this to go away. But since one of her attackers was assigned to the same class roster with her for this school year, it was she and her family that went away.

    We do not see similar stories about resident students. Living in denial doesn’t help. Serving on the HGD committee, the districts’s theme was often one of getting kids to open up and talk… so they could be tested for sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) and be treated for their ongoing health, as well as statistics gathered for measurement of when STI’s reach epidemic proportions among various demographic groups.

    In a similar manner it seems that raising awareness of bullying, and gathering accurate statistics to measure the epidemic, are the necessary first steps toward ongoing health: of the victim, the perps, and the school system.

    It is my understanding that school districts may try to limit the number of suspensions and/or expulsions in order to avoid reaching the numbers which cause them to be labeled a “dangerous school” by government statistics. Unfortunately this means a punch in the stomach is punished with detention – the same punishment handed out to kids wearing short sleeves in cool weather (not long sleeves or a jacket)… something’s amiss.

    Some may see this as an attempt to skew statistics by avoiding the stronger and more appropriate punishments for punching and other physical assaults: suspension and/or expulsion.

  17. Dear Brookfield Dad (comment #6),
    I apologize for the delay but just read your comment now.

    If, as you suggest, the incident began on the morning bus ride… then escalated on the afternoon bus ride with the mom present… that seems to support, not negate, my thoughts that “this would seem to indicate that some time had elapsed… possibly enough time for someone to contact a school authority, teacher, coach, guidance counselor, principal etc who may have intervened and at least seperated the individuals involved BEFORE things escalated.”

    Specifically, the BEHS student would’ve had the entire school day to contact a school authority. Possibly the student knew that nothing would be done?

  18. Cheri – good point. What I was intimating, is that the two kids were jawing with each other on the way in. One kid called home and told mom what happened, she decided to show up at school. I suspect that no one at the school was contacted, nor did they know the blowup was about to happen.

  19. yes, then we agree.

    in a perfect world, a student with a sense they’ve been dissed, even if it’s vague and they cannot articulate it exactly, might turn to the authorities at hand for help in how it might be handled. in a non-school setting, this is analgous to asking for the manager or customer service. unfortunately one only does this if they believe they will receive help from that source. when one has learned from personal experience or vicariously through others that no help would be forthcoming from that resource, one would usually escalate… be that the BBB in a consumer setting… or an authority figure not related to the ranks from which the individual has been marginalized.

    i realize that encouraging kids to report stuff might be a two-edged sword… but i strongly believe that if it is made known that no @#$% will be tolerated, and will be dealt with both swiftly and harshly, there will be a sharp decrease in actual @#$%, not just the reporting of @#$%.

  20. Cheri, that story is awful! Please clarify. Did the middle school girl or her family report these incidents to the school? Was she an Elmbrook student?

  21. Yes she was an Elmbrook Student. Yes, the family reported the incidents to the school.

    The school sent her home on the bus with 20+ cuts and whip marks on her body. The girl reported the abuse to the school, but was sent home on the bus.

    The Father of the girl discovered the injuries, called the school and took his daughter back up to the school to show them what happened to his daughter.

    He was given an option and encouraged to have the school handle it, but was informed he has the right to call the police. When the Father asked if the school would call the police to report this, he was told they would not.

    The Father called the police, who came to PPMS and interviewed the victim, Father and School Administrator. The police asked to call an ambulance to take the victim to the hospital. The Father, however, wanted to take his daughter to Children’s Hospital, and the victim and Father signed an A.M.A.

    It was discovered at Childrens that not only were there severe injuries to the arms, legs, back, with welts and lacerations, but also segnificant bruising of the 9,10, and 11th vertibre. During the examination by the M.D. and Social Worker, they discovered marker like spots and lines on the girl’s body. The girl stated she did not use a marker. The M.D. then examined the marks, and realized they were fresh scars.

    The victim was told that no one would hurt her, and to tell them what happened.

    It was explained that 2 of the perpatrators beat her in 3 seperate incedents at a track meet about one month ago. The second and third to make clear she better not tell anyone about what they did.

    Her life was threatened if she told anyone.

  22. Kathryn,
    Anon knows a lot more about this than I do. Or more than I did know. I guess now we all know. Scary to realize, this could happen to any kid. Especially likely to be repeated if someone feels they’ve gotten away with it. It is time for the healing to begin… first step is to acknowledge the illness exists.

  23. Here is that Freeman article.

  24. Eeeeks!

    If it was my kid (I don’t have any), some school administrators “parts” would be in a vice. Figuratively at least, with a lawsuit.

    Not seek immediate medical attention for the kid???

    Not notify authorites???

    This ain’t no “bloody lip”.

    In the other one, I’d suspect it went something like B’dad surmised. The kids were in each others face in the a.m., but until Mom came around it was basically defused. “Mom” became a terrible example.

    Hope I’m not butting in here.

  25. While I’d love to believe Anonymous and would find it reprehensible that any of that would happen, somethings fishy. The school administrators are required by law, and subject to prosecution, if they do not report abuse they see, whether it happened at school or not. I just find it hard to believe that they would refuse to report 20+ cuts and whip marks on a child to the police. The thing that makes me question the accuracy is that the poster states the police came to PPMS to talk to the father. Well, this happended at East to a Central student.

  26. Hi Steve, I understood the girl called her mom (rather than talk to a school authority) and that is why the mom showed up. Perhaps I’m operating under misinformation.

    Hi Brookfield Dad (typo in your name, is it really you?), I think you missed a chapter. We began discussing more incidents in the news. This occurs in comments 15, 16, 20-24. These are interleaved with the BEHS-BCHS incident comments 1-14 & 17-19. The comment numbers are just a guide and do not mean those seperate stories are necessarily commented on to the exclusion of any other… a few of the comments conatin general blanket statements… and some comments touch on multiple experiences.

  27. my bad, missed the other comments

  28. Cheri,

    I can understand the girl calling her mom to say “Sally dissed me…she called me a XXXXX”. Girls in particular thrive on incorporating their hate. I think that scenario has happened to all of us. (getting dissed by a classmate).

    “Mom” apparently is too immature to teach any form of conflict resolution or simply teaching the “sticks and stones” rule. I really feel sorry for this girl that she has no better leadership at home. Some parents just should not be parents, but obviously this can’t be regulated.

    Part of “growing up” in the public school system is learning social behavior (how not to get your butt kicked). But to be succesfull, one needs leadership to learn by example. The school has a role to teach academics and keep conflicts to a “dull roar”. Schools need effective policy to handle over-the-top conflicts, yet allow kids to “grow” concurrently.

    Heck, I’d make a video about mom, her antics and resulting arrest as an example to the students of what NOT to do…and the consequences. Let them discuss alternatives. Heck…it might even result in a few less teen pregnancies (since mom is apparently a “victim” herself).

  29. Thanks for the “my bad” Brookfield Dad.

    Please check brookfieldnow E.G. Police Blotter the week of June 16. It states :

    Village of Elm Grove
    ASSAULT
    A 13-year-old Milwaukee boy was arrested after assaulting a student with a stick at Pilgrim Park Middle School, 1500 Pilgrim Parkway, at 4:17 p.m. June 13. The student who was struck had numerous marks from the incident.

    The other 2 boys were arrested after publication.

    Also refer to the Freeman article.

    Brookfielddad – which law are you referring to regarding your comment “and subject to prosecution, if they do not report abuse they see, whether it happened at school or not”.

    What law are you referring to?

    The point is the administrators refused to report it to the police. The father was given the option, and I heard he actually contacted family members to discuss whether the police should be notified.

  30. How could this happen? Where were the adults? Where were the other students? Did no one intervene?

  31. I understand it was at a track team meeting after school. I think the cross country and track teams run on city streets, etc, and each student moves at a different pace. The adult supervisors run/jog with the group but not every child is in eyesight at all times. I hear the other kids were scared, afraid, intimidated.

  32. The children were given 3 hours of unstructured play because the field trip was cancelled. This beating happened on the playground during school.

    There were many student witnesses, but they did not report it. There was one student who intervened. The victim was told by the perpatrator if the intervening student did anything, they would kill her (the victim).

    The witnesses cooperated with the police.

    A teacher saw the boys with the sticks chasing the victim, who escaped from the first flogging. The boys were instructed to put the sticks down, which they did.

    The teacher then walked away. One of the perpatrators then caught the victim, and the flogging continued, this time much harder than the first.

    Another teacher finally observed one of the boys “forcefully” throwing the victim into a mud puddle, kicked and stomped her, and threw an ice cream sandwich at her head.

    The victim and one perpatrator were sent to the office.

    Statistics show that 70% of students at a school are witnesses of bullying behavior. The big issue is that 70% (or 560 PPMS students) were unwilling to report this type of behavior.

  33. “…afraid, intimidated.”

    That’s a problem too. We can’t expect kids to shoulder the responsibilities of adults, but I would think at least one would object, report, act.

    My son would have stepped in. I think even my elementary daughter would have tried. They certainly would have told an adult about it. Even the toughs can’t take on the whole team.

  34. In regard to the track spiking incident, it was at a meet. The perpatrators used their metal track spikes, in hand, as weapons to beat the victim on 3 occasions during the meet.

  35. Randy in Richmond says:

    If you don’t already have it this school district could be headed toward a “no-tolerence policy”. That’s been the approach here in Virginia and many here believe it creates more problems than it solves–but what it does do is take school administrators and teachers off the hook. Recently a mother stopped at Mickey D’s while taking her third grade daughter to school. They ate in the car and the girl stuck her trash in her lunchpail. At lunch a teacher saw a plastic knife, still in the cellophane covering, in her “stuff” and she was expelled for five days. There are many stories like this so if you don’t have “no tolerence” it isn’t all it seems but it is very PC.

    When you take the community feeling out of school by bussing students these types of incidents increase dramatically.

  36. Steve,
    As I read your most recent comment, I was right with you, even contemplating crediting you with keen insight.

    UNTIL you got to the generalization about learning how not to get your butt kicked. Looks like the BCHS kid failed in that? And the middle school kid too? See what I mean… learning how not to get your butt kicked is a phrase that blames the victim.

    Too often learning how not to get your butt kicked means going along with the crowd by drinking, drug use, appeasing bullies, letting others limit who you can be friends with, keeping quiet and being an “enabler”. Lies, deciet, and hidden agendas can be part of the game. Retaliation and transferring blame so another individual gets THEIR butt kicked is another favorite strategy of perp’s who have mastered CYA.

    Better we should all learn to tell the truth. I realize blaming the victim may not have been the intent of your message, and your thoughts may not have travelled too far down this road. But I am also sure that I am not the only person who upon reading that part felt compelled to stop and weigh those words against their own beliefs and values… and hopes for what their children might actually learn.

    I realize some find the truth an inconvenient, even burdensome form of self-discipline and will go to great extremes to silence an inconvenient truth-teller. Perhaps then I should brace myself to have MY butt kicked.

  37. I don’t want teachers and administrators off the hook; I want them using their heads. We do have a zero-tolerance policy on weapons, but it is designed to protect the kids: no one gets hurt because their toy weapon looks real. We haven’t banned silverware.

    The level of violence that has been described here goes beyond a lack of community feeling; it is just plain a lack of feeling. Who could imagine? I wouldn’t wonder that the teacher who told the boys to put down the sticks thought the situation had been resolved. Cheri and Anon are absolutely right in saying that we need to encourage children to report violence and intimidation; it is apparent that we need to TELL them rather than assume they will.

  38. I’ll just add that Swanson El. is actively teaching kids to cope with bullying, including getting help for those who are being targeted. I’ve been impressed with what I’ve seen.

  39. Kathryn,

    I in no way meant to imply that one should forsake their values in order to avert/avoid conflict. Conflict avoidance is nearly as bad as escalating conflict. By all means the poor girl attacked with the track shoes needs to feel comfortable reporting the attack and that something will be done as a result. Any witnesses also need to be feel empowered to report or interfere as applicable.

    But we must all learn to choose our battles and judge our audience and use the right tool for the job. Sometimes those tools come at a price. “Experience is often the result bad judgement” as they say. One of the roles of adults, be they teachers or parents is to help kids along that path…hopefully instilling lessons without the associated “cost”. Sometimes they have to learn the hard way. “Mom” in the example above obviously is a poor choice for the role. Hopefully her daughter has the introspect to realize that Mom is a poor role model.

    There are social lessons that public school kids tend to learn faster than private school kids. Those social lessons are nearly as valuable as academics when they get out into the big bad world. Private school can be a bit over-sheltered IMHO. The real world can be a real surprise.

  40. Ooops…that was for Cheri

    (pretty name btw)

  41. Hi Steve,

    There are always times when people do not know their audience, and most of life is a reiterative process… live and learn, as they say. This process may be seen as even as presidential candidates begin to sound much like eachother, possibly learning from eachother & moderating their views.

    The healthiest people, I believe, have a broad capacity for understanding a myriad of facets and interplays on a subject and work toward waging peace… Win/Win… not Win/Lose.

    If I were a storybook character, I might be the child in “The Emporer’s New Clothes” who spoke the truth. This surely enabled the Emporer to change his outfit.

    I am thinking about the “cost” you mention… and will contuinue to do so throughout the day. The first thought that comes to mind in the context you present is “retaliation”, as in cost=retaliation. The retaliation is actually more bullying, and some might call it institutionalized bullying.

    The cost, I believe, needs to be born by the perps, whether school bullies or con artists selling invisible clothes at a hefty price to the emporer. The cost, I bleieve, does not need to be born by anyone else, be it innocent bystanders at an unprecedented event nor the child who pipes up with the truth.

    There is great opportunity here, it is time for healing to begin, and the first step I believe is acknowledgement.

    I think taking a close look at bullying, including whether non-residents are disproportinally represented, may be one starting point. If the district wants to begin a committee or receive resource materials, I would apply some of my precious time to that.

    Perhaps some of what Kathryn mentions being implemented at Swanson could become a foundation for “best practices” throughout the district?

    Have a great day!

  42. Randy in Richmond says:

    Katherine
    Interesting that your community doesn’t consider a knife (plastic or silverware) a weapon. How about track shoes?

  43. Anon – don’t know the specific statute, only know that a local principal was charged with failure to report a school fight and injuries to the police under whatever statute it is. The charges were later dropped.

  44. It could be considered a weapon, but there is still room for judgment. An excerpt from board policy 5138.8:

    “A weapon shall include, but not be limited to, the following: firearms, knives, martial arts devices, explosive devices, including manufactured ammunition, chemical agents
    including pepper spray, clubs, or any other device or instrumentality which, in the manner it is used or intended to be used, is calculated or likely to cause bodily harm. An imitation weapon shall include, but not be limited to, the
    following: toy guns, water guns if they resemble or are used as guns, poppers, caps, non-working replicas of weapons, cap guns, pocket knives and manufactured ammunition which has
    been used (spent shell casings).”

  45. well I think track spikes and 3 foot tree bra
    nches are weapons

  46. I agree.

    By the way, the law is Wis. Statute sec. 48.981(2)(a).

  47. Regarding the bullying and beating at Pilgrim Park: A friend of mine has been an OT in the Elmbrook School District and more recently in the New Berlin School District. She says the New Berlin protocols regarding bullying are far more advanced than Elmbrook’s. Of course, that may not be saying much since it seems that there are no procedures in place at all in the Elmbrook Schools. It is sad to think that teachers at Pilgrm Park could not see the fear in that girl’s eyes and do something to help her; and that the witnesses to these episodes do not have a safe means to bring what they know to the adults.

  48. While policies and protocols are being worked on, WE as individuals all see and weigh small opportunities each day.

    At parent pick-up after school do we follow the designated safety rules or do we consider ourselves above the rules and teach our kids that life and living is not about honesty and character but about what one can get away with?

    If there is a car “in our way” at parent pickup do we stop to consider that the car in question is no more in “our” way than we are in “it’s” way… or do we blare the horn and teach our kids aggression?

    If there is a car accident, do we stop to be a witness or do we teach our kids that it’s not our responsibility to be involved citizens?

    If you saw a hornet buzzing in the back window of a car idling at parent pick-up would you warn the driver of that vehicle, or just Thank Goodness that it’s not your problem?

    If you saw a folder tossed out of a school bus window, would you make an effort to retrieve the folder and return it to the school, or smugly state that’s why you drive your kid home from school yourself?

    Are we as adults “too busy” to listen when someone has something on their mind?

    My point is, that if kids knew we as parents were alert and operating as a concerned and united force, if the schools knew there would not be backlash for disciplining unruly children, we could as a community more quickly achieve the goals we seek for safety and even relative harmony in our schools.

    Again, this is just one of many facets, along with a need for creation and adherance to policies & protocols.

    None of this is meant to second-guess the individuals involved in any of the cases recently in the newspaper… just looking forward here… and speaking in generalities and truisms which I believe we can all get behind and act on.

    Regarding policies, one school has a behavior contract in which students are called upon to contribute to the positive atmosphere of the school. I like this because it is establishing a positive expectation for behavior. This I believe sets both a higher standard and easier measure than contemplating the degree of negativity to a negative behavior.

    Have a good day – do a good deed.

  49. Thank you Kathryn for the reference.

  50. Sarah from Brookfield says:

    so we have a school district that doesn t protect our children. doesnt report abuse doesn t protect confidential information has no concern for the physical and emotional health of our victims….. oh. I mean students.. whoops THEY ARE OUR CHILDREN.

    WHO s child will be the next victim? with the district s track record of reporting, ONLY THEIR PARENTS WILL KNOW FOR SURE

    How would you feel if the battered girl was yours ?

  51. Cheri,

    Your insight and genuine compassion for the children of Elmbrook is refreshing.

    I agree that we all are in this together. As you have stated, the first step is to acknowledge the illness exists.

    There is very little concern in the community that there is a problem.

    We should do good deeds for others, and more importantly, we should do the right thing. That is what a community and society is about.

    I have tried to identify to everyone that our experiences with the district have shown that they are not honest about the facts, and they selectively choose when and when not to follow their policies.

    They are not doing the right thing. Unfortunately, it is my belief that the District’s behavior is influenced by financial, political, and statistical outcomes, with no oversight.

    The only true oversight is the voter, who elects the Board. Parents can influence what is going on, time and time again it is the few individuals who have been disenfranchised who have to struggle through the gauntlet the District puts up when they fail to do their jobs.

    Most of their interests seem to be missing someone. That someone is the child they are entrusted with, to educate them in the most nonrestrictive environment, to keep them emotionally and physically safe, and to teach them how to help them work WITH the “Good” kids, to protect them, and to help the “troubled” children understand their behavior will not be tolerated if it is Dangerous, Destructive, or Disturbing.

    Getting the “troubled” student to understand the limits and the 3 D’s, will decrease the number of “troubled” students, and increase the number of “good” students.

    Does anyone think the parents and this community would create and provide oversite to a safety and antibullying program, and oversite to the district’s selective use of their policies and procedures?

  52. I was just made aware of this situation on election night, hence the late response. It is unacceptable that our schools are not protecting our children. In cases like this, parents, teachers, principals, board members, law enforcement, and the media must all work together to stop the intimidation. Any of these people that are brushing this under the table need to be brought into the spotlight and take responsibility for their inability to take control in the schools. The community cannot wait until it is time to vote for new board members. They need to be challenged now and everyone must recognize what is going on and deal with it before situations like this get out of control. This community is not above media attention!
    How can it be possible or how can we let a family move away from their home just to feel safe without taking action. What action has the school taken to this point? If the answer is “not enough………then what are we doing?

  53. LAK is Right on the mark.

    The district hopes it is all over because the family had to run to protect the safety of the children. I have been told the district refuses to address the concerns and detailed abuses submitted to them.

    I was told The Waukesha Freeman published another article regarding the little girl who was stalked and beaten. It was in the Brookfield monthly insert. Does anybody have access to it and can you post it?

    You know, when you are punched in the stomach, then in the head, then in the back and ribs, and finally in the face and mouth, a 13 year old girl knows telling the teachers will bring…. a knife… or track spikes, maybe even death. The only way to stop it….. beg the child beater… the women batterer, the criminal…. to leave you alone and you will do anything they ask you to.

    Pilgrim Park Middle School and Elmbrook… GREAT SCHOOLS teaching children how to succeed and survive. Great adults providing a SAFE ENVIRONMENT for children to learn.

  54. Anonymous says:

    NEWS RELEASE

    For Immediate Release For More Information Contact:

    July 9, 2009 Bill Cosh 608/266-1221

    VAN HOLLEN SUBMITS TESTIMONY SUPPORTING BILL THAT WOULD ENHANCE SCHOOL SAFETY

    Senate Bill 154 Aims to Enhance Information-Sharing Relating to School Safety, Improve School Safety Plans, and Reduce Bullying

    MADISON – Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen submitted testimony to the Senate Committee on Education in support of 2009 Senate Bill 154. The bill, which was introduced by the Joint Legislative Council after it was developed by the Special Committee on School Safety, addresses information-sharing between schools and other entities, bullying, and school safety plans.

    According to Van Hollen, information-sharing is a key public safety tool. Van Hollen’s noted that the proposals in SB 154 will encourage schools to appropriately share information, remove existing barriers to sharing safety-related information, and require the criminal justice system share certain information with schools.

    “I believe these proposals, and the bill as a whole, move the law in the right direction and will enhance school safety, thus contributing to the education and well-being of our kids and communities,” Van Hollen wrote.

  55. Let us know when it’s signed and then I’ll do something on it.

  56. Anonymous says:
  57. Congratulations on getting this far.

    It’s too bad Elmbrook would never admit the problem.

  58. Anti Bullying Week Oct 18 says:

    State Senate passes bills to curb bullying,

    Posted: Oct 20, 2009 7:49 AM CDT

    MADISON (WKOW) – Tuesday, lawmakers passed a bill that would force all Wisconsin schools to adopt some type of anti-bullying curriculum.

    ********

    MADISON (WKOW) — Wisconsin lawmakers are set to vote on a number of measures this week, including a proposal aimed at stopping bullying in state schools.

    The bill, up for vote on Tuesday, would require schools to adopt policies that ban bullying and require authorities report all bullying incidents to the state.

    The state Department of Public Instruction would have to create a model bullying policy for schools to adopt by August 15.

    Education officials, law enforcement and community leaders met last year to discuss school safety and recommended these changes.

    Earlier this month, the state announced it would make free anti-bullying curriculum available to all Wisconsin elementary and middle schools.

    The violence and bullying continue in Elmbrook.

    Your child could be next.

    http://heygrrrl.com/r-i-p/

  59. This is great news. Congratulations. I know you’ve worked very hard.

    How do we get Elmbrook to acknowledge the hazard?

  60. Anonymous says: