Mother and father query MPS response following taking pictures outdoors of Rufus King Excessive College | WUWM 89.7 FM

Mother and father of Rufus King Excessive College college students aired their considerations at a digital city corridor Monday evening, following a shooting outdoors of the varsity final week.

The taking pictures occurred throughout a Tuesday evening basketball recreation between King and Washington Excessive College. 5 folks had been injured, and a 34-year-old man turned himself in to police final week in reference to the crime.

Essentially the most resounding criticism Rufus King dad and mom directed at MPS needed to do with communication.

Mother and father mentioned they realized particulars in regards to the taking pictures from native information — not from the varsity.

“We demand higher communication,” mentioned mother or father Alicia Walker. “It has been our expertise that lack of well-defined communication has led to rumors reminiscent of faculty shootings that didn’t happen which after all results in further stress for college kids and employees.”

One other mother or father, Michael Dudor, mentioned when households lastly did hear from the varsity, the data was imprecise. “All we ever get is an announcement that claims ‘an unlucky incident occurred,'” Dudor mentioned. “You understand, let’s get sincere in regards to the scenario. A taking pictures occurred on Rufus King grounds. And that’s what ought to have been communicated to the households.”

Superintendent Keith Posley responded to the communication considerations. He mentioned the district was ready to get info on the incident from police.

“And so what we had been doing was working to get clear, concise info to have the ability to switch to our group,” Posley mentioned. “And I’m the primary to say that I take full duty round that specific piece.”

MPS directors additionally answered questions on what psychological well being help was provided to college students after the taking pictures.

Supervisor of Psychological Providers Travis Pinter mentioned when there’s a dying in a college group, MPS has a protocol of sending further counselors to varsities. Pinter mentioned further employees weren’t despatched to King or Washington Excessive College after the nonfatal taking pictures. As a substitute, academics had been instructed to refer college students to the varsity counselor, psychologist or social employee in the event that they wanted to speak.

“With the help employees on the faculty being available to see college students — and so they did see some college students that day — we had been in communication with them to see in the event that they wanted any extra helps that might overwhelm what they may present,” he mentioned.

Pinter mentioned the help employees at King weren’t overwhelmed with college students within the days after the taking pictures.

The taking pictures is one instance of the continued downside of gun violence in Milwaukee. King college students led a walkout final Friday to name for group motion. Superintendent Posley echoed that plea.

“These incidents are taking place too typically in our metropolis,” Posley mentioned. “However I wish to clarify — gun violence isn’t a Rufus King concern. It’s not a Washington Excessive College concern. It’s not an MPS concern. It’s a group concern that can take all of us working collectively to make our communities secure.”

If MPS does have to reply to occasions like this sooner or later, Posley pledged to enhance communication with households and revisit protocol for sending further psychological well being help to varsities.

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