Less than a month after a gunman opened fire on a high school in Parkland, Florida, New York City has reportedly removed the remaining NYPD cops assigned full-time to protect and defend public schools.
The controversial move comes amid calls for increased security at America’s schools.
Needless to say, many parents and teachers are furious, 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 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.
NYPD spokesperson Lt. John Grimpel reportedly told the Post he is unaware of “any other school with a full-time police officer assigned to it.”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has implemented a policy that orders police officers to schools visit schools while they are on patrol. Meanwhile, a so-called “school safety agent” will be present at all schools — but the agent will be unarmed.
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.