Donovan Blasts MPS Over Bradley Tech Fight
MILWAUKEE - Alderman Bob Donovan claims on November 30, a terrible fight broke out at Bradley Tech High School and he asserts the school district tried to keep it quiet from parents, neighbors and the media.
"I think it's unconscionable that this was somehow downplayed,” Donovan told TODAY’S TMJ4 reporter Tom Murray.
Donovan claims sources told him there were nearly 20 arrests and that officers seized a rifle and fake handgun on school grounds.
"We've got serious issues with discipline at that school,” he said.
Parents told TODAY’S TMJ4 that the only information they received on the problems came from their children.
"I never got a call from an administrator or anyone addressing this big brawl that they had school,” one parent said.
Milwaukee police report they arrested 18 teenagers, ranging in age from 14 to 18 years old.
The district is sending a letter to parents now and does not dispute the arrests. However, the district and police say the guns were not found on school grounds.
“Both weapons were found recently in the neighborhood, and in each case the suspect arrested was not currently attending Bradley Tech,” a statement from the district says.
Mayor Tom Barrett accuses Donovan of not checking facts before going public with the information. However, Barrett said he would want to hear from an administrator if a similar incident occurred at his own child’s school.
“I would want to know, there's no question, I think everyone would want to know,” Barrett said.
Approximately ten juveniles were referred to the Children's Court Center for review and their cases may be referred for charges in children's court, Chief Deputy District Attorney Kent Lovern said.
18-year-old Deandre Martin is the only adult charged in connection to this incident.
No injuries were reported.