Just about recently, New York City has allegedly removed the NYPD police officers which were appointed full-time to protect and defend public schools after a gunman opened fire on a high school in Parkland, Florida.
The contentious move emerges along with demands for improved security at America’s schools.
As expected, many parents and teachers are enraged, according to the New York Post:
“My colleagues think it’s outrageous — and really stupid,” teacher Arthur Goldstein said. “We’re not enthusiastic about arming teachers, but we liked having a cop around.” […]
Parents at the Queens school overcrowded by over 4, 400 students launched a protest against the change.
“The community officer is in no way an acceptable replacement,” says a PTA petition launched last week.
NYPD spokesperson Lt. John Grimpel allegedly told the Post he is unacquainted with “any other school with a full-time police officer assigned to it.”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has executed a policy that requires police officers to schools visit schools while they are on patrol. In the meantime, a so-called “school safety agent” will be present at all schools — but the agent will be without arms.
Josephine Li, a sophomore at Francis Lewis High School, put it like this:
“There are school shootings everywhere, and they took the one armed officer away from a school with 4,000 kids in it. Who is there to protect [us]?”
She, and all of America’s students, deserve an answer.