The New York Police Department (NYPD) reversed its decision to remove armed officers from three schools after it received backlash from parents and the community.
In the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, the NYPD pulled the remainder of its armed school officers as part of Mayor Bill De Blasio’s new community policing units.
While unarmed school safety agents would remain at schools, the move was received with backlash from the community.
Francis Lewis High School Parent Teacher Association co-president Linda Lovett told the New York Post:
“It’s ridiculous. 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.”
Staten Island City Councilmen Steven Matteo is among community officials who have asked De Blasio to install armed officers at every school and contrasted the state of the world with the city’s police force.
“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,” he explained to the New York Post.
In response, the NYPD announced on Friday that it reversed its decision and officers would be reinstated at three high schools in Queens.
Lovett credited the viral New York Post article for the decision change and told the outlet it’s an example of the “power of the press.”
“Now we will stay, hopefully, one of the safest districts,” she added.
NYPD spokesman, Lt. John Grimpel, told the New York Post that officers will return to the schools on Monday.