Inquiring Minds Want To Know

Dave Kleis Mayor ci.stcloud.mn.us

To: Mayor Dave Kleis <dave.kleis@ci.stcloud.mn.us>,

Apparently NOTHING happened at Apollo two days ago…NO THERE THERE…move on.

To refresh the memory of St. Cloud parents the Times DID a hidden report on the crime rates in our district 742 and compared them to neighboring districts…

perhaps the article was too long for most to read but I venture to say it is because the paper does not reach too many doorsteps these days and our school board and mayor have been neglect to mention these numbers while touting Good Old St. Cloud.

Summary of the article is staggering:
As stated by the articles writer:
The report focuses on the calls that are considered the most violent: assault, arson, abduction, criminal sexual conduct, terroristic threats, threats of violence, harassing/disturbing communications, possessing weapons or ammunition on school property, fights and stalking.

District 742:                                 
Westwood: 4
Madison:18
Lincoln:10
Stride:11
Talahi:28
North Jr. High:56
South Jr. High:53
Apollo:71
Tech:117
Discovery:11
Area:45

             for a total of 424…

other than the “Tech uprising” over a Tweet that got NUMEROUS DAYS of press coverage, How many did YOU personally hear about?

Do you all remember back when the “gang problem” started in St. Cloud?

The kids knew about it…
the parents knew about it..
the talk around the water coolers was about it.
We talked about it behind closed doors…
we talked and talked and talked.
We asked and got “pooh-poohed”.
The “Leaders” of our city denied it.
The people hired to protect our city denied it,
the schools denied it, UNTIL it got out of hand.
YTD…we still have a gang problem.
After (was it 10 years?) a gang task force was finally put into place…
AFTER they’d taken their place and become commonplace in our community.

Our leaders are setting a trend.
DENY we’ve a problem again (you all know what I’m talking about).
There is no there there.

Back in February the Times did some “investigative” reporting GOING back to what we should (I feel) be told about IN REAL TIME.
CRIME…in this case it was crime in our schools. Unbelievable crimes.
If you missed it let me refresh your memory:

School police calls

David Unze , dunze@stcloudtimes.com 8:05 a.m. CT                                     
Feb. 11, 2017

For this report, the St. Cloud Times requested information on police calls to schools in St. Cloud, Sartell, Sauk Rapids and Waite Park for 2010 through 2015 calendar years. The report focuses on the calls that are considered the most violent: assault, arson, abduction, criminal sexual conduct, terroristic threats, threats of violence, harassing/disturbing communications, possessing weapons or ammunition on school property, fights and stalking.

The numbers reflect what the reporting party believed was happening at the time. Often, those initial reports are unfounded, incorrect or can’t be verified. Some lead to criminal charges, suspensions and expulsions.

In some departments, databases show whether officers determined the complaint was unfounded but don’t show whether anyone was charged. In some departments, police have data that shows if someone was charged.

For Sartell, Sauk Rapids and Waite Park schools, a Times reporter reviewed all of the calls and tried to make an objective determination of whether the reported incident happened. For St. Cloud schools, the Times reviewed data that showed whether someone was charged with a crime.

St. Cloud school district

Westwood Elementary School: 4 (charges filed in 2 cases).             
Assault: 2 (charges filed in 1 case). 1 staff victim.
Knife: 1 (charges filed).
Sex assault: 1 (no charges filed).

Madison Elementary School: 18 (charges filed in 6 cases).
Arson: 1 (no charges filed).
Assault/fight: 16 (charges filed in 6 cases). 3 staff victims.
Threat: 1 (no charges filed).

Lincoln Elementary School: 10 (charges filed in 2 cases).
Assault/fight: 5 (charges filed in 1 case).
Gun: 1 (no charges filed).
Knife: 1 (charges filed).
Threat: 3 (no charges filed).

STRIDE Academy: 11 (charges filed in 2 cases).
Assault/fight: 5 (charges filed in 2 cases).
Sex assault: 1 (no charges filed).
Threat: 5 (no charges filed).

Talahi Community School: 28 (charges filed in 6 cases).
Assault/fight: 18 (charges filed in 4 cases; 2 others happened outside school hours).
Gun: 6 (charges filed in 2 cases; 1 other during summer; another after school).
Sex assault: 3 (none during school hours).
Threat: 1 (no charges filed).

North Junior High School: 56 (charges filed in 25 cases)
Assault/fight: 38 (charges filed in 21 cases). 3 staff victims; 1 officer.
Gun: 2 (charges filed in 1 case).
Gunshot: 1 (no charges files).
Knife: 3 (no charges filed).
Sex assault: 6 (charges filed in 1 case).
Threat: 6 (charges filed in 2 cases)

South Junior High School: 53 (charges files in 24 cases).
Assault/fight: 45 (charges filed in 21 cases).
Knife: 5 (charges filed in 2 cases).
Sex assault: 1 (no charges filed).
Threat: 2 (charges filed in 1 case).

Apollo High School: 71 (charges filed in 35 cases).
Arson: 1 (charges filed).
Assault/fight: 57 (charges filed in 33 cases). 11 staff victims; one officer.
Sex assault: 7 (charges filed in 1 case).
Threat : 6 (no charges filed).

Tech High School: 117 (charged filed in 65 cases).
Assault/fight: 83 (charges filed in 60 cases). 5 staff victims; 1 officer.
Gun: 2 (charges filed in 1 case).
Knife: 1 (no charges filed).
Sex assault: 12 (none occurred at school).
Threat/stalking 19 (charges filed in 4 cases). 1 staff victim.

Discovery Community School: 11 (6 unfounded).
Assault/fight: 2 (1 unfounded).
Gun: 1 (replica BB gun).
Gunshot: 1 (unfounded).
Knife: 1.
Sex assault: 2 (both unfounded).
Threats: 4 (2 unfounded).

Area Learning Center: 45 (4 unfounded).
Assault/fight: 27 (2 unfounded).
Gun: 1.
Knife: 4.
Sex assault: 2 (charges filed in 1 case).
Threat: 11 (2 unfounded). 3 staff victims.

Sauk Rapids-Rice school district            

High school: 63 (27 unfounded).
Arson: 1.
Assault/fight: 29 (8 unfounded). 2 staff victims.
Knife: 8 (1 unfounded).
Sex assault: 5 (5 unfounded).
Threats: 20 (13 unfounded).

Middle school: 14 (3 unfounded).
Arson: 1.
Assault/fight: 8 (3 unfounded).
Knife: 3.
Threats: 2.

Mississippi Heights Elementary School: 7 (5 unfounded).
Assault/fight: 3 (3 unfounded).
Gun: 2 (1 was a toy gun; other unfounded).
Sex assault: 1.
Threats/harassment: 1 (unfounded).

Pleasantview Elementary School: 6 (3 unfounded).
Assault/fight: 3 (2 unfounded).
Sexual assault: 1 (unfounded).
Threats: 2.

            

Sartell-St. Stephen school district  

High school: 7 (3 unfounded).
Assault/fight: 4 (1 unfounded).
Gunshot: 1 (unfounded).
Sex assault: 1 (consensual).
Threats: 1 (unfounded).

Middle school: 7 (1 unfounded).
Assault/fight: 4 (1 unfounded).
Knife: 2.
Sex assault: 1 (no charges filed).

Oak Ridge Elementary School: 1.
Assault/Fight: 1.

Had this report come out BEFORE the new school was voted on PERHAPS people would have seen that what we didn’t need was a shiny bauble to wave in front of people’s eyes with false promises and a fake front.
A whitewashed school (tomb) all shiny on the outside and rotten inside.

There are many students in our high schools who are NOT children but have need of an education. Let’s stop being PC here and call it what it is.

Adults from God knows where who “don’t speak the language” but are mixed into “the system” because we promise to educate “the children.”
SINCE WHEN are 20+ year olds (or for that matter over 18 year olds) CHILDREN).

These adults (no matter what their education level) do NOT belong in our grade schools and High Schools.

Students driving away from their junior highs in their cars (how many junior high students do you know have a driver’s license?).
Senior high school men (not boys).
And why are we obligated to educate them?
Enquiring minds want to know.
I’ve asked and been ignored

I’ve asked but have been given inadequate answers.
I’ve asked and been called racist for having done so.
I do not know who or what tipped off the “unfortunate incident” at Apollo yesterday…
BUT FOLKS listen up,
WE are the taxpayers,
we are the parents and the grandparents and the neighbors of the children who are obviously NOT in safe environments when at school,
we are NOT informed,
we are being LIED to by leaders in our city, state, schools and PULPITS.

When you see something, hear something …SAY SOMETHING, ASK QUESTIONS.
WE ALL have a right to know in real time just what is going ON!!

From our resident truth teller June…

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