Big Bird DeBlasio is the epitome of Liberalism gone amuck… but this time he has gone too far. In an era of increased concern for students safety (and general well-being) most schools across the country are beefing up their security. Some are arming their teachers. But Big Bird DeBlasio, in utter defiance of common sense, has removed all NYPD officers from schools.
Instead of having trained officers equipped with firepower to thwart any potential shooter, he has replaced the NYPD officers with unarmed “school safety agents.” That’s right…. New York City schools are now going to be protected with the equivalent of mall cops. As a New York Post article cites,
The last NYPD cops assigned full-time to New York City public schools are being moved out — despite nationwide calls for heightened security in the wake of last month’s Florida shootings.
As the nation mourned the 17 victims of the school massacre at Parkland, Fla., the NYPD was removing Sgt. Raul Espinet from his post at Francis Lewis HS in Fresh Meadows, Queens — where he had worked for more than a dozen years. Parents, teachers and students are livid over the beloved cop’s departure.
“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.”
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. “All over the country they are telling you ‘arm the teachers, get an officer in your school.’ New York City had a designated officer and they are actually cutting the program . . . they are making us less secure.
In New York, Staten Island City Councilmen Steven Matteo and Joe Borelli, and Borough President James Oddo, have asked de Blasio for armed officers in all of the city’s 1,700 schools — something the mayor has long argued would cost too much.
Matteo reiterated his plea in light of Espinet’s reassignment.
“I hope the NYPD and the administration listens to parents and students in the Fresh Meadows community and allows this officer to stay where he has obviously had such a positive impact,” he said. “Sadly, we live in a world where horrific attacks on our children have become a regular occurrence, but fortunately we also have the greatest police department in the world to protect us.”
So WHY would New York City Mayor “Big Bird” DeBlasio remove ALL armed policemen from NYC schools??? Seriously… why?? It was bad enough to have ONLY ONE armed policeman hanging around schools… but to remove even that one single officer makes NO sense…. UNLESS you actually want a tragedy to happen.
Perhaps Big Bird DeBlasio is so beholden to the Democrats’ latest craze to blame the NRA for all things gun-related, and to ban all of the guns they possibly can, that he is actually helping to stage the next school tragedy. It’s absolutely HORRIFIC to think about, but when Liberalism has completely corrupted your brain, logic gets replaced by ideology all too often. Sad, but true.
Let’s hope that the PTA’s petition can make some headway, and force some change. I can’t even imagine being a parent, and having my children in a crowded NYC public school, where their only protection is the equivalent of a mall cop. It’s unthinkable to me. Using human beings as pawns to further your ideological agenda is pathetic on its own merits… but to use CHILDREN? That’s downright criminal…. and if (and/or when) a tragedy happens at one of these schools… I sincerely hope that Mayor DeBlasio is held criminally liable.