Once a month, the Northampton police went to the schools and high-fived the children as they came to school in the morning.
The successful “High Five Friday” initiative has been halted in Northampton because some people were afraid “some kids might respond negatively to a group of uniformed officers at their school.”
Ed Zuchowski, Vice Chair of The Northampton School Committee, told Bill O’Reilly this evening that it began with only ONE PARENT complaint.
The police posted a message on Facebook announcing the end of the program.
“People were specifically concerned about kids of color, undocumented children, or any children who may have had negative experiences with the police,” the post stated.
Police “really enjoyed greeting kids as they arrived at school. But, as much as we enjoyed the visits, we also took time to listen to the thoughts of some School Committee members, school staff, and past and present parents/families.”
The program was presented at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in San Diego last fall, according to the department’s Facebook post.
So Let’s make them more uncomfortable!
If a child is uncomfortable, this would be a great lesson with a teacher asking the child why s/he feels that way.
This is PC run amok. The left always says they believe in community policing and they want police to have a better relationship with the community but then they do this.
The hand-wringing, perpetually disgruntled left makes an issue out of everything.