Here is something I pulled off FB that is worth the read. Jonathan Krause seems to be the original poster.
I’ve been trying to keep it light on this site but I have to share some of my experiences from today around Oshkosh West High School.
First, our Lieutenant Governor and our local State Representative were quick to post on social media that Republicans were responsible for both of the incidents at Oshkosh West and at Waukesha South this week because they “refuse to do something” on gun control bills. I found the timing and the claims ludicrous, as those of us covering the story already knew and were reporting that the assailant at Oshkosh West was armed with a knife–and the gun was used by a police resource officer. And as we would find out this afternoon, the student in Waukesha was armed with a pellet gun–not a firearm. It certainly makes the case that our existing laws worked in preventing these minors from actually possessing a real gun.
Secondly, I got to witness the most boorish behavior by parents as they attempted to pick up their kids from Perry Tipler Middle School. One man nearly ran over a Community Service Officer at the intersection of Witzel Avenue and Eagle Street because the CSO wouldn’t let him turn onto Eagle when the traffic pattern established by the police required everyone to go down a few blocks and double back so the buses could get the kids to the school. That was followed by profane yelling from the driver and a stern warning from the State Trooper also on the scene. And then, while talking with parents picking up their kids, I witnessed at least a dozen other parents profanely berating school district personnel trying to direct them to the lines outside Perry Tipler for student pickup. Many were refusing to provide photo ID as required by the district’s plan. Others refused to wait in the long lines and felt they should be entitled to just bust into the building, grab their kid, and go before everyone else.
Those of us in the media have fully expected to cover something like today’s events for some time. Not because of our “gun culture” or a lack of gun control laws–but rather because of the examples that today’s parents set for their kids–furthered by the lack of accountability within today’s education system–that not only breeds but fosters the youth unable to deal with challenges on their own.
And if lawmakers want to “do something”, how about working on measures that require school districts to remove disruptive or threatening students and prevent them from returning to distract or enact violence upon their classmates? Or how about returning to involuntary commitments of those that exhibit patterns of violent behavior, as we did for centuries before our blind faith in psychotic drugs and therapy kept those who would do us harm on the streets. I’m willing to pay more in taxes for it, as it will keep us a lot safer, and protect our Constitutional rights.