Crime escalating at Brookfield East?

As a parent, I am not allowed to know how much crime is actually taking place at the high school my daughter attends. There are layers of secrecy and laws administrators get to hide behind instead of admitting trouble.

This news came to me earlier this week:

FYI – not listed in this week’s Police blotter, there was a big issue regarding the theft of cell phones and ipods at BEHS. The fall guy, who had the goods on him, was set up by a group of bullies.

The bullies threatened to beat him up if he told or didn’t do what they told him to do. He was hit, slammed into a locker, and a boy jumped on him.

Brookfield East Principal’s Brett Bowers’ reply:

Due to laws regarding privacy of student records, I cannot discuss a disciplinary matter with someone other than an involved child’s parent or guardian.

Regarding the matter to which you are referring, know that the Brookfield East administration, in cooperation with the Brookfield Police Department, conducted a thorough investigation of the situation, interviewing several members of the student body over several days. That investigation resulted in multiple students receiving consequences, school-level and/or legal, for their respective levels of involvement.

So, East won’t even give the details of what happened. “Multiple students receiving consequences” does little to affirm the situation as under control.

And yes, I’m told, the perpetrators were not residents of Elmbrook’s district boundaries.

So, is crime escalating at Brookfield East? Darned if I can find out.

Not very comforting if you ask me.


  1. I know the kid who was supposedly setup. He’s a freshman. And he told me what happened. I don’t want to reveal any details though without asking him first. And I have a feeling the kid was lying about a few things.

  2. Wilson828 says:

    Sometimes they delay in revealing the details of ongoing investigations because revealing such can impede the investigation, hinder fact finding, etc.

    On one hand I’m one of those who believes in accountability for those who deserve punishment. On the other hand, I also think the punishment should fit the crime.

    After seeing my own kid go through the school system and I was witness to a host of kids and situations, I found the school officials involved to be less than fair … less than compassionate … less than a balanced sense of justice and less than consistent in administrating punishments.

    Bottom line .. you’re better off letting the cops deal with it. You teach your kids good values and to obey rules and all the other things and that outta be enough.

    Why are their cell phones in school anyway?

  3. Everyone at school always carries a cell phone on them, most of which turn them off during the day and put them in a pocket they never use. Just in case Columbine at Brookfield East happens or some other emergency where you need to call home.

  4. Wilson828 says:

    Thanks Anthony.

    Cell phones belong at home and not necessary for kids in school. Sorry, can’t convince me otherwise.

  5. Yeah, a lot of people believe that. Still, just in case. Because most teachers won’t let you use their phones to call home.

  6. Wilson, quick question for you. Do you believe that cell phones should not be carried anywhere outside of the home? Or just school?

  7. Ok – a high five to whomever can reveal the two 18 year olds names that were arrested today in this incident. We’ll protect the 16 year old – don’t give his name.

  8. Crime is escalating. A lot. Not so much fights, but thefts and drugs. At least that’s what i’m hearing and seeing in the hallways. I use to keep my cell phone and car keys in my street locker during the day. I just don’t trust the school anymore though. I carry anything worth a dime on me now. I frequently tap my pockets during the day, just to make sure my phone, mp3 player, and wallet weren’t taken. I honestly don’t feel as safe as i probably should at that school.

    And also, my opinion here, i feel that the Administration comes down WAY to hard on kids without enough evidence. I mean sure, some kids who actually are guilty deserve it. But one day, some kid was screaming cuss words in the hallway. I walked by him. Mr. Pavletich saw me laughing about it in the hall, ran up to me, pulled me to the side (pretty harshly) and told me to knock it off and i was on a fine line to being suspended.

    This whole time I remind you, the kid is STILL screaming cuss words. During the little “scare” talk. How sad is that.

    I had to confirm with him it wasn’t me, and point him to the still screaming kid about 20 ft down the hall.


  9. By the way, that victim I knew is from a completely isolated incident that is similar to this.

  10. I do have to agree with Joe that sometimes administration can make some stupid mistakes. I’d like to see Mr. Pavletich reply to Joe’s comment.

  11. BkfldVoter says:

    Joe, I understand your concern about the safety or security of the street lockers. I heard that some kids have had their locker locks fall open at the faintest touch, as if the lockers had been opened by other parties while the kids were in classes.

    I would be concerned not only whether something of monetary value was missing, but also whether homework was missing, also whether something was planted (drugs, stolen property, etc).

    Did I hear they may add security cameras to the school hallways?

  12. I thought they already had security cameras. Is no one watching them?

  13. Notin the lockerroom

  14. They did add Security Cameras. They put them in only in “high traffic” areas though. There’s about 10 – 15 in the entire school. They only look down main hallways. And they also put 1 camera, down a hallway. So that means that a hallway that has got to be at least 100 ft long, has 1 camera at the end of it. So things at the opposite end are not seen at all.

    They do help though, i must admit. I was campaigning for President earlier this year and one of the other candidates had one of their friends tear down all of my posters. With the use of the cameras, we caught the perp.

    Camera’s pretty much mean we can usually catch the perp. But not prevent them from doing it in the first place.

  15. So no one’s bright enough to figure out they’re being watched yet?

  16. Anonymous says:

    Bathrooms lockerrms whereever there are no cameras is where they do their dirty work

  17. Whatever – I didn’t know you could do that! I complied. That’s called a favor.

    And no, I have other sources.

  18. As people have said, no cameras in the bathrooms or the locker rooms. Also, since most of the hallways still have no ceiling tiles on them yet, some of the cameras are positioned in weird places.

    There seriously needs to be more supervision in the hallways during anytime in which the building is occupied by students. I swear they need a few staff members to just sit in the halls and watch for anything suspicious. I know sometimes this happens, but it’s only one area that is guarded.

    The last time I saw a fight at school was the Friday before homecoming. Happened right outside of my English classroom. It was quickly resolved thanks to one of the people screaming for help, which attracted basically every teacher in the area.

  19. You just can’t have a teacher in the hallway in every possible place at every given moment. Not do-able buddy.

    It’s simple what they need to do, keep a better tab on where kids are when they arn’t in class. Don’t let them take 15 min bathroom breaks. Make sure kids are in class and not wondering the halls.

    There was a $800,000 surplus in the building budget too. about $150,000 of that has been proposed to offer additional cameras throughout the building. That would sure help too.

  20. So, forget morals. Let’s just make high school a minimum security prison and leave it at that.

  21. Wilson: Cell phones are, like it or nay, part of the status quo. The Columbine point is a good one. It’s the same reason I don’t go anywhere without my phone. In case I need it. Yeah, sure, people got along fine before cell phones. But people got along fine before planes, trains, and automobiles, too.

    Policymakers attempt to snuff out problems associated with cell phones, i.e. disruption, alerting gang members of a fight, selling drugs, etc. by completely banning the phones on campus. Educators are then forced to pick sides: with their administration or their students. Any educator will tell you it is a hard line to walk, and most will eventually look the other way when kids pull out their phones outside of lecture time.

    For the kids I deal with on a regular basis (coaching), when I see the phone out at an inappropriate time, I deal with it individually and it always works. Always. These draconian policies are just a way for administration to not bear responsibility for their failure to educate. Administrations rationalize the continuing strife by telling themselves that since phones weren’t allowed in the first place, the consequences of their misuse is no fault but the students’ own. It’s like throwing water on a grease fire. This is a trend in education.

    Remember all the rules (stacked sky-high) nailed into the walls of Hogwarts by the dictatorial Dolores Umbridge? It just doesn’t work, and only exacerbates the problem by creating a situation of false security and resolution.

    As a parent, I would never allow my child to go to school without their cell phone. My little sister was given one by my parents for this express reason. Slowly, she learned how to be responsible with the devices and gained texting privileges and greater freedom.

    It’s hard to let go of old traditions–but tradition isn’t always correct, especially in a world where they are no longer relevant.

    One other point–I think the education sector gets off easy by blaming their failures on parents, and parents blame a lack of support from their crumbling schools. There’s enough blame to go around, but these are problems that cut across all demographics: gender, race, socio-economic status, geography, geodensity, etc.

  22. Cindy–I know you aren’t a fan, but some sobering accounts of just that in Michael Moore’s new film. In the “New America”, every kids is a juvenile delinquent. It’s more profitable that way.

  23. Anthony – answer=just school

    The Lorax – point is yours.

  24. I didn’t call for a teacher in every single hallway, the District doesn’t have enough money for that, just maybe one or two more patrolling the halls.

    Joe is right about keeping tabs on activities outside of class. There was this troubled kid last year who always hung out in the Foreign Language hallway instead of heading to class. Who knows what he was doing out in that hallway, but eventually, my Spanish teacher caught him and sent him to class.

  25. Santa's Elf says:

    “Ok – a high five to whomever can reveal the two 18 year olds names that were arrested today in this incident. ”

    What’s the matter with looking at the police blotter for that day? Aren’t adult arrests public record here in PC Brookfield? Or did our paper hanging Austrian police corporal mayor change local policy to conform to Marquardt’s whims?

    Sieg Heil!

  26. Well, Mr. Elf, I’d have to put down my laptop and head the way. I thought my question might more easily produce results.