Flags with anti-police slogans placed on lawn of Madison School Board President
Protesters apparently placed dozens of American flags with anti-police messages and profanity on the lawn of MMSD Board of Education President Gloria Reyes Thursday.
posted on Thursday, Reyes showed dozens of protesters standing outside their cars parked in front of her house. It appears from the videos that the protesters were calling her to remove School Resource Officers from the Madison Police Department from being stationed at Madison schools.
"I'm just sitting out here listening, and hearing from them is what my role is, to listen," Reyes said on Facebook. Reyes appeared to stay on her porch, while the protesters stood on the road.
"It's a little awkward for people to be at my house, in front of my house. But I feel safe. I believe that they have a right to protest and I will stand behind that, whether I agree or not," Reyes said.
The next morning, Reyes, a former police officer, showed in several more Facebook Lives dozens of flags that had been placed into her lawn, apparently overnight. It appears that anti-police slogans as well as Black Lives Matter slogans were written on the flags and signs across her lawn.
"I have been advocating for our black and brown community for years in many different ways," Reyes said in a Facebook Live.
"But just because we don't agree on our approaches does not mean we need to treat each other inhumanly. We all want the same things. Let's make people accountable but at the end of the day, we need to get to work," she said.
"We have to make our police departments accountable," according to Reyes.
In a statement from the Madison Metropolitan School District Friday afternoon, Reyes said that School Resource Officers from the Madison Police Department "are just one component of a very comprehensive district safety program that works each day to keep our students safe, with each of these components reliant upon the other, working in concert to optimize student safety."
- Working closely with the Madison Police Department to develop a contract with flexibility and ensure clear parameters are in place when working within our schools and students
- Maintaining in-depth work between MMSD and MPD to prioritize the SRO contract implementation and oversight
- A collaborative hiring process between MPD and MMSD that includes student and staff voice in the selection of a SRO.
- Ensuring that where possible and in consultation with school administration, SROs use Restorative Justice Practices and/or Youth and Community Courts in lieu of issuing citations and arrest warrants
- Providing specialized education for SROs to better understand working with youth that includes restorative justice practices, adolescent mental health needs, and crisis intervention and de-escalation techniques
- Engaging in extensive research on the utilization of SROs and their skill sets
- Incorporating student, staff and family voices in our decision making