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Madison schools prepare to address police shooting


The Madison Metropolitan School District is preparing to address student concerns about a police shooting that killed 19-year-old Tony Robinson Friday night.

In a statement released Sunday, Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham said Robinson and his family have many connections to Madison schools. Robinson recently graduated from Sun Prairie High School.

“As we prepare for school in the coming days, we know that many students will need an opportunity to discuss what happened,” Cheatham wrote. “It is important that we provide a safe and respectful environment for expressions of concern, confusion and even outrage.”

Cheatham said school staff will work hard to support the students and give them a chance to express themselves about the shooting.

Hundreds of people came out to remember Robinson during a vigil Sunday night near the scene where he was killed.

Madison police said that an officer responded to a report of a disturbance on Williamson Street Friday night and that officer Matthew Kenny shot Robinson after he allegedly assaulted Kenny. The shooting is under investigation by the Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation.

Police have said Robinson was unarmed.


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