NEW YORK CITY MAYOR DE BLASIO is implementing a new policy that pretty much puts the welcome mat out for anyone who wants to enter a school and harm people. Parents are outraged and fighting back!
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!