While the rabid liberals in America have been foaming at the mouth for strict gun control — and ultimately a ban on firearms as that’s their real goal — to prevent school shootings, the New York Police Department is taking a more effective, constitutionally sound approach.
According to recent reports coming out of the Big Apple, high schools in Queens will be receiving armed guards. This comes a week after the department removed officers from the schools (see our previous report below).
The NY Post is reporting:
An NYPD representative from the 111th Precinct announced at a School District 26 meeting Friday that cops would be reinstated at Francis Lewis, Bayside and Benjamin Cardozo high schools.
An NYPD spokesman, Lt. John Grimpel, told The Post the officers will return on Monday.
Francis Lewis HS PTA co-president Linda Lovett, who started a petition to restore a cop to her kids’ school, was elated.
“I think it’s amazing. I’m so happy. I can’t thank The Post enough,” she said. “This is the power of the press, I have to say.”
Lovett and other Francis Lewis parents were up in arms when they learned the NYPD would do away with armed officers in the schools by April 1. The ill-timed move came as the country was grieving the murders of 17 students and staffers gunned down in a Valentine’s Day massacre at a Parkland, Florida, high school.
Lovett put together a survey and collected 1,000 signatures gathered from concerned parents, students, and even teachers who wanted the officers put back in school.
The reversal on this decision was a good move on the part of the NYPD, something that has now been proven after an armed resource officer stopped a shooting on the campus of a Maryland high school early Tuesday morning.
Having armed officers and guards on the premises is a common sense measure that will increase the safety of students across the country, so it should be a real no-brainer to implement such policies everywhere. Time will tell if this idea spreads.
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The last NYPD cops assigned full-time to New York City public schools are being removed…despite nationwide calls for heightened security in the wake of last month’s Florida shootings.
The report starts at about the 0.15 mark:
So to make his political point against guns, Bill de Blasio is putting American children at risk! Wow! Is his protective detail giving up their guns, too, and becoming “mayoral safety agents”?
Twitter exploded with push back on De Blasio:
Stop! Or I’ll say Stop again! ???? pic.twitter.com/ZUXe5ejUPc
— Brian Tillotson (@Tillyman57) March 12, 2018
How could New York City reelect this guy!
“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.”
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Espinet’s position was eliminated because cops in Mayor de Blasio’s new community policing units will visit schools while patrolling the neighborhood, according to the NYPD. School safety agents are stationed at all schools, but are not armed.
The once-common practice of putting an armed cop in schools waned in the 1990s. All were gradually eliminated, but Francis Lewis, one of the biggest high schools, slipped by. Bayside and Benjamin Cardozo high schools also recently lost their full-time NYPD officers, according to parents.
Espinet is one of the last — if not the last — school cop to go.
“I’m not aware of any other school with a full-time police officer assigned to it,” said Lt. John Grimpel, an NYPD spokesman.
Parents at the overcrowded Queens school, crammed with more than 4,400 students, are protesting the change.
“The community officer is in no way an acceptable replacement,” says a PTA petition launched last week.
The PTA is demanding that the NYPD and city Department of Education bring back an armed cop to Francis Lewis. It has collected more than 1,000 signatures in just two days, according to co-president Linda Lovett.
“It’s ridiculous,” Lovett said.
WE’RE HOPING THE PARENTS WIN THIS ONE ASAP! KEEP COPS IN THE SCHOOLS!