Kenosha Unified School District has shifted five education sites to full-virtual learning for Thursday and Friday as a result of the ongoing Kyle Rittenhouse trial.
Kenosha County Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder on Wednesday complained about criticism that he had yet to rule on an earlier mistrial request, saying he had just received the motion and wanted to give prosecutors a chance to weigh in. “It’s just a shame that irresponsible statements are being made,” the judge said of comments in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story from law school professors.
Brass Elementary, Frank Elementary, Harborside Academy, Reuther High School and Washington Middle School will hold classes online the rest of this week, Kenosha Unified announced in an alert to parents sent out Wednesday.
Harborside and Reuther has already gone to virtual learning Tuesday and Wednesday in anticipation of activity surrounding the Kenosha County Courthouse, which is located just across Civic Center Park from the building that houses both schools.
Since a verdict had not yet been reached through Wednesday, KUSD officials confirmed the five schools will meet virtually out of an abundance of caution, due to the proximity of school boundaries to the courthouse and the number of students who walk to and from school.
Timeline: Key events surrounding Rittenhouse shootings
Aug. 23, 2020
An officer responding to a reported domestic disturbance shoots Jacob Blake. Bystander video captures the shooting, which left Blake partly paralyzed. Neighbors march to the Kenosha County Public Safety Building, where they face officers in riot gear.
Aug. 24, 2020
Police fire tear gas at hundreds of protesters who defied a curfew, threw bottles and shot fireworks at the courthouse. Crowds destroy dozens of buildings and set more than 30 fires. Gov. Tony Evers calls in the National Guard.
Aug. 25, 2020
Blake’s lawyer says Blake is paralyzed from the waist down. Blake’s family calls for calm. Calls go out on social media, including on a page run by the “Kenosha Guard,” for people to “take up arms” and help defend the city from “thugs.” Demonstrations are held for a third night, with gunshots heard and people seen carrying long guns and other weapons. Shortly before midnight, two people — Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26 — are shot dead and a third, Gaige Grosskreutz, 26, is wounded. The shooter was later identified as 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse.
Aug. 26, 2020
Authorities say they are seeking a possible vigilante seen on cellphone video opening fire with a rifle. Police in Illinois announce the arrest of 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, of Antioch, which is about 15 miles from Kenosha.
Aug. 27, 2020
Kyle Rittenhouse is charged with multiple counts, including homicide and attempted homicide.
Aug. 31, 2020
At a news conference the day before he visited Kenosha, President Donald Trump is asked if he condemned Rittenhouse’s actions. He says: “You saw the same tape as I saw. And he was trying to get away from them, I guess; it looks like. And he fell, and then they very violently attacked him. And it was something that we’re looking at right now and it’s under investigation. But I guess he was in very big trouble. He would have been — I — he probably would have been killed.”
Sept. 1, 2020
Trump visits Kenosha and blames “domestic terror” for the violence. He makes no mention of Blake’s shooting by police and calls the violent protests “anti-American.”
Sept. 3, 2020
Joe Biden, the Democrat running against Trump, visits Kenosha. He meets with Blake’s family members, speaks with Blake by phone and leads a community discussion.
Sept. 24, 2020
In a TV appearance and social media posts, Rittenhouse’s attorneys say his client acted in self-defense but was also a courageous defender of liberty and a patriot who exercised his right to bear arms amid rioting. They claim Rittenhouse is being sacrificed by politicians who want to strip citizens of the right to defend their communities.
Sept. 25, 2020
At a hearing in Illinois, Rittenhouse's attorneys ask for more time to fight his extradition to Wisconsin. They later say in documents that sending Rittenhouse to Wisconsin would “turn him over to the mob.”
Oct. 30, 2020
Rittenhouse is extradited.
Nov. 2, 2020
A Wisconsin court sets Rittenhouse’s bail at $2 million. Conservative groups have been raising funds for Rittenhouse, who easily amasses enough for bail.
Nov. 20, 2020
Rittenhouse posts bail and is released. Hours later, one of his attorneys tweets a picture of Rittenhouse with actor Ricky Schroder (pictured), who the attorney says donated to Rittenhouse.
Jan. 5, 2021
Kenosha District Attorney Michael Graveley declines to charge Kenosha Officer Rusten Sheskey, who is white, in Blake’s shooting, ruling that Blake had a knife and the officer had a reasonable self-defense claim. Subdued protests follow.
Feb. 3, 2021
Prosecutors ask for a new arrest warrant after Rittenhouse failed to tell the court of an address change. Rittenhouse’s attorney says death threats drove his client into an “undisclosed Safe House.” Judge Bruce Schroeder (pictured) later denies the request.
Nov. 1, 2021
Jury selection begins in Rittenhouse’s trial.