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Alleged Bully Charged After High School Party Fight

Suspect knocks down another student wearing cast and punches him repeatedly in the head.

An alleged Menomonee Falls High School bully is facing charges after he allegedly punched another student at a bonfire in May.

Brian T. Schmit, 17, was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court Wednesday with one count of battery. If convicted, he faces up to nine months in prison and $10,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint:

On May 18, the victim, 16, was at a bonfire with 20 or 30 other youths in the W14500 block of Menomonee River Parkway when Schmit attacked him while he went to get a blanket out of his car. He told officers he was walking toward his car when Schmit asked him where he was going, then punched him in the head unprovoked.

The victim fell to the ground, then Schmit straddled his legs and began to hit the victim three or four more times in the head while saying “what are you going to do about it, say something now.” The victim told officers he was unable to defend himself from the attack because he had a cast on his arm and he didn’t want to make the injury worse.

The victim told officers he didn’t provoke the fight, but said Schmit was a bully and a week prior to the attack had called the victim and his friends some names. He said he told Schmit someday his actions would come back to him.

The victim suffered a possible concussion from the attack, along with bruises on his head.

One witness to the incident said the victim punched Schmit several times during the fight, which they said was mutual.

Witnesses said there wasn’t any alcohol at the party.

The Schmit will make his initial appearance in court Aug. 6.  

Mike Knight July 14, 2012 at 01:38 PM
All bullies should be charged as if they were adults. Let them see what happens in the real world when you threaten, verbally, and physically abuse someone. Let the code of silence be gone once, and for all. If not then let there be gangs of anti-bullies who bully the bullies, and let them get a taste of their own sour medicine.
jim July 14, 2012 at 06:19 PM
hahaha what a joke! this article called schmit a bully when he was simply standing up for himself, no "bullying" was involved. The kid who was beat up is an absolute tool who ran his mouth and got what he had coming. Both sides of the story please #standwithschmit
FormerStudent July 14, 2012 at 08:00 PM
"Bully" is such a loaded term that Patch shouldn't be throwing that term around willy nilly. Like Jim says above, how do you know the kid who got beat up wasn't shooting his mouth off and got his comeuppance? How do we know the "victim" wasn't the "bully" or well-known smart aleck, and finally met a kid who wasn't going to take it? Maybe he called the kid and his friends names the week earlier because they were taunting him or some other kids and he stepped in. Does this kid have a history of bullying other kids? Or does a once-off occurrence now constitute "bullying" regardless of circumstance? This article is not written well and carelessly labels this kid without any facts to back it up for the sole purpose, it appears anyways, of just making a catchy headline.
Jack Ananymous July 14, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Congrats Joe on writing the absolute worst article and most one sided article that I have ever seen. I'm guessing all you did was talk to the kid who got beat up and not the kid who actually won the fight. I'm guessing he forgot to mention how he was talking behind Brians back all week and was telling everyone "I'm going to beat Brians ass" and stuff like that. He knew very well that Brian was going to be at this BONFIRE, not a party, and he still decided to show up. Did this so called "victim" mention that he showed up after he had been drinking with his Girlfriend even though nobody was drinking at the bonfire?... He said he was going to get a blanket? Nope, he was going to drink at his car a little bit more before he put it away and smoke a cigarette, and thats when he ran into Brian and the MUTUAL FIGHT occured. The "victim" showed up to a non drinking bonfire a little drunk, knew Brian would be there, and still went after he had been talking bad about Brian all week. Get your facts straight Joe before you write a completely bias and awful article. Brian is innocent and EVERYONE in the school knows it including the 20 people at the Bonfire. The kid got his pride hurt so he went to the cops. Classic case of, Talk smack, Get hit, Tell cops... Unbelievable that the cops are involved in this.
Anthony July 14, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Hands down the worst article I've ever read and It is not true in any way. The "victim" of the fight was drunk and was not even supposed to be at the bon fire. It wasn't a party and he knew Brian was going to be there, he deserved what he got and he knew it was coming. He felt the need to lie to the cops to feel better about himself. Joe I recommend that you stop writing articles find a new job and move on with your life.
IMREAL July 14, 2012 at 09:36 PM
very disappointing article...I think the author needs to do some more investigating and find some real facts instead of what seems as just taking a kid who got beat up in a fight side. This article seems very biased and only reason to be written was to hurt one person's reputation/call some kid out on an unknown situation. Save this trash for a blog and write a real, informative story that people actually benefit from!
kuch July 14, 2012 at 09:46 PM
I'm not a professional writer or anything but i am almost positive when u write an article you are supposed to contact both parties involved. These facts are incorrect and the so called "victim" is a complete tool who was talking about beating up schmit all week. Also when refering to a person dont call them "the schmit" ( see last line rookie) talk schmit get hit
Falls student July 14, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Hey Joe great one sided article, how about we hear from people who were there or we hear from Brian. Brian isn't a bully everyone likes him. Instead of calling him a bully let's hear from his side you asshole. The other kid lied his ass off and everyone at the falls who's heard this story knows it. Ask anyone at the Falls High school and they'll tell you that Brian isn't a bully. Your a shitty journalist and you need to do your job right.
unknown kid July 14, 2012 at 10:26 PM
This is a horrid article, I've never read so many lies in one story! Quit writing articles and go find a new job that you can actually do
Student July 14, 2012 at 10:34 PM
This is absolute bullshit
unknown kid July 14, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Fuck you Joe
Jack Ananymous July 15, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Zack Zarling aka "victim" said that Brian was being a bully the week prior? HA that is complete BS. Zack was talking about Brian all week, even to Brians good friends and they were telling Brian everything that was being said. Unbelievable how much kids will lie when they get their pride hurt.
student 1 July 15, 2012 at 04:49 AM
Wow, I have never seen a worse article than this one. Absolutely terrible. Nice job Joe...
student 1 July 15, 2012 at 04:51 AM
And just like people said above, u should probably find a new job!!!!
Dave July 15, 2012 at 06:29 AM
I can not believe how poorly this article has been written. Both sides of the story need to be contacted in order to write an effective article. Please Joe, do me the favor and walk up to any kid that goes to the Falls and ask them who the real bully was in this fight. I guarantee you not one kid will say Schmit. He is more than well liked by students and teachers. Any kid who reads this article will know all of the lies involved. Zack's pride was hurt, so he told the cops, and told lies in order to save his reputation. Awful article, get a new job Joe.
b July 15, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Joe obviously was on a timeline when he wrote this article and was probably on the border of losing his job, so he wrote a one-sided article to brew up all of these comments . But Joe, stating a high school kids name and age and calling him a bully on the internet is wrong. You are a disgrace to all journalist's and should feel horrible about what you are putting this kid through. I thought Menomonee Falls would of hired a more classy guy for the job, but we get some one who publicly bashes a high school kid based on a one sided story. Way to expand your mind and take pride in your work Joe. Joe you obviously do not have kids
KiepKyl July 16, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Why is there a picture of Brett Krause, someone unrelated to the incident, associated with this article? And why have none of these peoples questions been answered by the author?
Tyler O. July 16, 2012 at 11:17 PM
There is so much bullshit in this article. This guy should never write another article in his life.... Majority of this bs isn't true plus it's funny how everyone knows what really happened unlike this Jack ass. Zack started this whole thing himself and he desearved that ass whooping. No one likes this kid for a reason.
Concerned Parent July 23, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Wow... amazing how this article makes Brian sound like a complete jerkoff who goes around terrorizing other students. Brian Schmit is not a bully, simply a kid who had enough harrasment from a complete moron who probably got what he had coming to him. Get both sides of the story before going ahead a writing an article that is borderline slanderous.
Carl Engelking July 23, 2012 at 09:33 PM
A reader added that photo on their own, it was added as part of the original article.
Craig July 23, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Come on! There is no slander whatsoever. The article is based on public record information. The nasty comments coming from a kid or two with multiple names is par for the course, but coming from a "Concerned Parent" is naiive.
Carl Engelking July 23, 2012 at 09:35 PM
All the facts about the incident come from the documented criminal complaint with the Waukesha County Circuit Court. The article only cites the information gathered and presented by police in the report.
Concerned Parent July 24, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Naive? No, not at all. Have you bothered to talk to any of the kids that witnessed this fiasco? I didn't think so. Oh, and I did say BORDERLINE slanderous... Do you understand the difference? I just think that the way this article is written makes Brian sound like he is a bad kid who was looking for trouble and from what I understand that is not the case; actually it was the other way around. There are two sides to every story, it is just unfortunate that Brian's side does not get publicized the way it should. I trust in the justice system and believe that the truth will prevail.
Concerned parent August 02, 2012 at 04:55 PM
As a parent of a child who was at the party and witnessed the incident, the facts are completely wrong. The victim showed up with alcohol, he was the ONLY one at the party drinking and while he walked back to his car to get drugs, he began mouthing off to Brian. This article is 100% false. Brian is the farthest thing from a bully. He is a caring, involved, smart student who has been falsely accused.
Zack Zarling October 17, 2013 at 12:54 PM
Just read all of these comments for the first time today and I just want to say that a lot of the information from the people commenting is one sided and false. I was invited to the bonfire and people where drinking, no parents where around outside supervising either. I believe that all of this was a planned attack that I was in aware of. I did nothing to instigate the attack when I arrived at the bonfire. Its easy to blame me when all of your upperclassman friends take your side but very little know the truth and the suffering that I went through. And just to make things clear I was not going to my car to get drugs. I was going to the car to get a blanket. I called the police not because my reputation was hurt but because I felt that it was necessary to report because I was attacked and needed justice. I never struck back at Brian during the attack because I was pinned down to the ground and beat. He attacked me after I had my back turned so he could have an unfair advantage. That goes to show what kind of a person Brian can be. He took advantage of my friends so I stood up for them and demanded that he return money that he took. He refused and I got angry. It was wrong for me to say anything hurtful to Brian but there would really be something wrong with me if I let it slide. If I would have just let him take the money from them and wouldn't have said anything about it nothing would have happened. My friends would be the victim of theft and would have had no voice, no justice. But I bet a lot of his friends didn't know any of that so they all lie and join together to make me look like an untruthful, instigating, trash-mouth kid instead of the kind of person I really am. All I wanted was my friends to get their stuff back.. I wasn't aware that i would be attacked for having a voice and standing up for the ones I care about. When I arrived at the bonfire I was welcomed by many people that I go to school with. I didn't see Brian anywhere until he walked up to the fire from the drive way. I wanted to go to the car to get a blanket and avoid seeing him.At this time I was going to speak to my girlfriend at the time and discuss whether or not it would be a good idea to stay. As soon as I begin walking to the car Brian says to me "Where are you going pussy?" I turn to look and he is approaching me quickly. Within seconds I am punched and thrown to the ground. Already in shock I did not understand why he took things as far as he did. I didn't know how to respond to his extreme violence with a broken wrist and cast . I decided not to strike back but to try my hardest to cover my face from harsh blows to my eyes,nose, and head. Now if Brian is so well liked by everyone why would he be manipulating my friends out of hundreds of dollars and why would he be such an aggressive person? Just because there are so many opinions supporting Brian I thought it would be best to stay out of it to avoid extra drama and conflict. Now that I have ignored what people say and didn't speak of this incident I see how damaging it really is to me. Seeing all of these hurtful comments really has me destroyed emotionally.I will always remember this horrible attack for the rest of my life.

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