Monday, October 15, 2007

Wisconsin State Journal Twofer

Texas Hold 'Em features another story from Madison.

As if brawling teens weren't enough, staff at La Follette High School this week also had to deal with two adults — including the mother of one of the boys — egging on a fight and even taking part in it, police said Friday.

Seven Madison police officers and some 30 staff members were needed Thursday to break up the disturbance at the school at 702 Pflaum Road, which involved three teenage boys and two women who police said Friday encouraged the boys to fight.

One of the women, Sophia Monique Barry, 31, of Madison, who is the mother of one of the boys involved, also "stomped on" a security guard trying to restrain one of the teens, police said.

The incident, which occurred at about 11:15 a.m. and disrupted classes for hundreds of students as staff members dealt with the scuffle, left school officials disgusted, police said.

"A school official told police he was very disturbed by having adults, who don't belong on school property, coming to school to confront kids," according to a police news release.

Hold 'Em makes this point.

This seems to be a problem unique to urban culture. You don’t see these type of brawls breaking out in suburban schools. You don’t see police called to a high school in Waukesha, for example, to break up a fight involving parents. You don’t see high school students in New Berlin calling their thug relatives — parents, brothers, cousins, etc. — to school to engage in an ongoing fight.

You see this in urban areas, which are dominated by the gangsta-thug culture, and overrun with the dysfunctional families of children having children. No values, no sense of right and wrong, just a culture driven by the message of gangsta rap and hip-hop, the primal urge to engage in physical violence whenever they feel wronged or, in the urban lingo, dissed.

Dang, when I attended La Follette in the 1970's it was every bit a suburban school. From what I've seen driving through the area, I don't think I'd label it as urban today. Where is the thug culture coming from?

No comments: