When I recently heard that the Hasta Muerte Coffee Shop in Oakland, California, reportedly refused to serve a uniformed police sergeant, I didn’t think much of it, given that the English translation of the name of the coffee shop means, “until death,” which is known to be tattooed on the bodies and faces of gang members all over the West Coast.
Keep in mind this is Oakland, California — the same city Forbes ranks third out of the top ten most dangerous cities in the United States. It’s also the same city where its Mayor, Libby Schaaf, is under federal investigation for warning illegal immigrants with criminal convictions including sex, robbery, and other violent crimes, of impending Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) action, that resulted in more than 800 illegal immigrants evading capture.
As sickening as what is happening in Oakland, I wrote it off as some West Coast left-wing liberal stupidity that never happens in my neck of the woods — until yesterday when I read reports that the Ramapo, New York police chief and one of his lieutenants were ostracized at a local Parent Teacher Association (PTA) event.
Evidently Ramapo Police Chief Brad Weidel saw an advertisement for a Legislation/Education Breakfast featuring New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. The advertisement read, "You can't possibly miss this opportunity to have a direct conversation about our children's education and safety with NY State Education leadership and your legislators. Be part of this crucial dialogue on March 10th!"
Based on the advertisement, the chief and his lieutenant — the professionals responsible for school-based policing and safety — showed up and paid the $50 attendance fee at the door, only to be denied access by the event moderator and a teacher, claiming that armed uniformed police would not be allowed in because their presence would make the attendees feel uncomfortable.
Really. An educational event involving school safety would make the attendees uncomfortable, if the local police department tasked with “school safety” were present at the event?
What makes this logic even more twisted, is when the chief informed the PTA representative they would not disarm and were going to leave and requested their money back that they had only paid minutes earlier, the PTA refused to refund their payment.
After rightfully expressing his frustration on social media, the State PTA apologized and ordered the immediate removal of the person(s) involved, and issued this statement.
"The Region Director will be calling this evening to offer a formal apology, will be submitting an apology letter, and asking for a meeting at your earliest convenience to apologize in person… this incident is absolutely not acceptable, not PTA policy, and contrary to our instructions to our Regions… We fully support out local police departments, and welcome police officers to attend any of our events."
So, all’s well that ends well, right? Wrong!
There are some serious questions that need answering, like who was the PTA representative and was a local teacher a part of this, and if so, where and what grade does that teacher teach? Are we willing to let someone with this type of faulty logic indoctrinate our children?
If you’re having a breakfast that concerns “school safety,” why wasn’t the department responsible for “school safety” invited in the first place, and why would they be forced to pay to attend such an event out of their own pocket? Given the recent rash of school violence around the country, would any parent really feel “uncomfortable” with armed and uniformed police attending such an event? Having uniformed officers at a high-profile school event with the state education commissioner should have been mandated in the first place.
In today’s environment, we want our children and their parents to embrace the local police. We need and want local and state police to communicate with our schools as much as possible. We want our police officers to know the local principal and teachers, and identity of the potentially problematic students. Obviously, that PTA representative and teacher learned nothing from the lessons of Parkland, Florida.
We trust our children with educators that for the most part are there to do the right thing, and most do. However, when you hear things like this, we must wonder what’s really going on in that teacher’s classroom. Where’s the common sense, where’s the understanding that the police are not the enemy and that they’re the good guys? It’s concerning that there are educators out there teaching the opposite to the detriment of our children, our schools and our communities.
Sometimes I wonder what’s going on nowadays. Mayors are harboring and protecting violent criminals, governors are encouraging people to break the law, and teachers believe cops should be disarmed at public school gatherings — the very same place homicidal lunatics target.
Is it me, or has the whole country just lost its mind?
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