Skip to Content

Parents wait for answers months after racial incident at Wisconsin school

Remaining Ad Time Ad - 00:00

MIDDLETON (WKOW) - Parents of Middleton High School students wait for answers as to why their children were segregated by race for a school test in October.

Deb Wood Brown says her freshman daughter, Lauryn, described chaos as exclusively minority students arrived at a designated, testing session.

"So even a 14-year-old sensed right away that this was not right, there's something very, very wrong here," Wood Brown says.

School district officials said the testing was part of a district-wide, skills assessment required of ninth and tenth graders. They said testing sessions were available over a period of time in order for students to complete the requirement. The October test session involved several dozen students.

"The mistake was that students were gathered together by race," District Superintendent Dana Monogue said in October. "This was wrong, it caused harm to our students and their families."

A staff member was placed on paid, administrative leave immediately after the testing incident and remains on leave.

"And that now, what is two and half months later, and we're still looking for answers," Wood Brown says. "How did she select them? What system did she use?"

"I hope this doesn't define our Middleton School District," Wood Brown says.

School district officials say the process of figuring out what happened in the test-taking and determining any consequences continues. The employee on leave has been paid nearly $30,000 since her work stopped.

"Behind that one person, there's still an institution that's supporting that person," Wood Brown says. "How did this happen?"

Wood Brown worries about a further delay.

"It kind of says to the kids, there's no urgency here to create any resolution to this and what happened to them," Wood Brown says.

Chase McNamara

Skip to content