While most schools have been bolstering security after the Parkland shooting one month ago, schools in NYC are apparently doing the opposite, ordering armed officers from public schools in the city, to be replaced by unarmed school safety agents and the occasional visit from armed officers making routine patrols through their communities.
From Conservative Tribune:
“It’s ridiculous,” stated Linda Lovett, co-president of the PTA at Francis Lewis High School in Queens, according to the New York Post. “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.”
The officer who was recently removed from Francis Lewis, Sgt. Raul Espinet, had been a fixture at the school for more than a dozen years and was beloved by both staff and students. He not only provided a deterrent and security for the premises with his constant presence, but also served as a sort of counselor for troubled teens and helped keep them out of trouble.
“My colleagues think it’s outrageous — and really stupid,” stated teacher Arthur Goldstein. “We’re not enthusiastic about arming teachers, but we liked having a cop around.”
Lovett, who has three children enrolled in the public school system, recently appeared on “Fox & Friends” alongside Francis Lewis student Shir Levy, who called the removal of the armed officer from her school “absolutely ludicrous” given the timing to the recent massacre in Florida.
Levy added that she felt the move was “compromising our safety” as there will be nobody on the premises armed and prepared to immediately confront a threat.
Is this a move that will make kids safer – having less guns in school? Or does it bring the risk because now all potential shooters know there is NO armed security in the building? Let us know your thoughts.