• Investigation Into Teacher Who Destroyed Walker Signs Is Over

    School board officials announced Friday they are finished with an investigation into a Wisconsin teacher who destroyed Gov. Scott Walker campaign signs.

    The investigation began after a Germantown kindergarten teacher, April Kay Smith, destroyed several signs supporting Walker’s reelection at the Jefferson County Fair this past summer.

    Smith explained it was because she was furious over the governor’s union reform law, which dramatically changed collective bargaining amongst public employee, a district official told Wisconsin Watchdog.

    Back in 2011, Walker and the Republican-controlled state legislature passed a state law, known as Act 10, which prohibited collective bargaining on anything beyond raises tied to inflation, eliminated automatic union dues deductions from worker’s paychecks while also requiring them to contribute more to their health insurance and pensions.

    “We have completed our investigation and are moving forward with a meeting between an employee and the school board,” Jeff Holmes, superintendent of the Germantown School District, told Watchdog, though he did not elaborate on any disciplinary actions.

    A fellow fairgoer saw Smith destroy the signs and followed her around, calling for a police officer.

    A Jefferson County deputy intervened and talked to Smith, who appeared “to have glassy and bloodshot eyes and slurred speech,” according to the report.

    The report stated that Smith tested .06 in a preliminary breath test, below the legal limit of intoxication.

    Though Smith denied the allegations at first, a report, obtained by Watchdog in August, noted that Smith “confessed to damaging and ripping out the signs.”

    “She stated her husband told her to lie and that she’s just so angry with (Gov.) Scott Walker due to the fact that she was a school teacher,” the report stated.

    Smith was originally scheduled to be in court last week on a disorderly conduct charge. Instead, she pleaded no contest to the charge and paid $169 in court assessments, according to online court records.

    Holmes is hopeful the hearing will be held and the matter resolved by the week of Nov. 17.

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