Mayor Removes Armed Police From All New York City Public Schools

NYPD officers will no longer be assigned to any of the city's 1,700 schools.

New York, NY – New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has followed through with his plan to remove police officers from all New York City public schools, despite nationwide demands for increased school security in the wake of the Feb. 14 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre.

“There’s nothing more terrifying than putting more guns in our kids schools,” de Blasio told WPIX just after the attack, during which 17 people were murdered, and 14 more were wounded.

De Blasio had planned to remove New York Police Department (NYPD) officers even before the deadly mass shooting, and said he would instead introduce unarmed school safety agents at each of the city’s 1,700 schools, the New York Post reported.

It's not clear how the unarmed security will be able to stop school shootings.

The mayor’s new NYPD community policing units are being told to freuqntly stop by schools as part of their patrol duties, he said.

“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,” Parents-Teacher Association (PTA) co-president Linda Lovett told The Epoch Times. “You are talking about 5,000 people in a one-block radius, and you’re telling me you can’t designate one officer?”

New York City Councilmen Joe Borelli expressed concern that the safety agents would not be enough to keep students safe.

“The school safety agents are great and they do a phenomenal job and they do a very important job of monitoring the front door, but unfortunately we have seen school shootings like this one in Parkland and of course Sandy Hook before this,” Borelli told WPIX.

“We have 40,000 [uniformed] police officers, [and] some of these officers are already assigned to schools. We are not talking about a drastic change,” he continued. “The reality is, this is something that could and will stop a school shooting.”

But de Blasio disagreed, and said that the cost of stationing officers at each school was impractical.

“Adding an armed police officer in each school building would place an enormous fiscal burden on the City’s budget,” he said in June of 2017, according to the New York Post. “The cost of this proposal is estimated to be $1.2 billion annually.”

Using the Mayor's math, that's roughly a cost of $705,000 per officer if one was assigned to each school.

State senators Simcha Felder and Andrew Lanza fired back at the mayor for denying the proposal.

“What we fundamentally disagree on is the value of protecting our children. An armed New York City police officer at the entrance of public and non-public school buildings is the best and most efficient way to deter an attack, and, if need be, neutralize an armed attacker,” the senators told de Blasio, according to the New York Post.

“Yet, you reject our recommendation not on the merits, but by hiding behind a price tag!” they said. “God forbid we have an incident tomorrow. Do we have to wait for kids in a public school to get killed to do something?”

Lovett said that the PTA has not backed down from their demand to have officers returned to the city’s schools, and noted that the group has collected over 1,000 signatures in support of their cause in just two days, the New York Post reported.

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I know, horrible to think this . . .but . . . I wonder if he's hoping for more shootings in order to push the gun control agenda.

How on earth do you figure this is good!! There is no one there to stop a shooter with a gun! He has opened up the schools with children with no way to protect them. Quote Mother Teresa all you want and be pro-peace, we are talking about protecting our children and your way off base in thinking this is a good decision and he is a good mayor. Do you have children in school? Do you feel they are safe without any protection? If you don't have children in school or never have had children in school then your remark becomes even more stupid!!


Why are people NOT up in ARMS about this? This guy is BETRAYING our nation, the city and our kids! He's in OBAMAS pocket! Playing political games. Pushing for gun control in a back handed covert way; using our kids as a pawn. PP

An yet i'll bet his kids are well protected by men with guns. I assume he has the necessary equipement to produce some.

A tragedy is what the mayor is hoping for. So the violent left can use it for gun confiscation campaign


Cant blame anyone there from going after him if their kids are hurt...

Judging from the school shooting in Maryland yesterday, the ARMED security officer in the school saved an unknown number of lives because he was there, was armed, and took action to eliminate the threat of the school shooter, by taking him out before he was able to shoot more students. The shooter wounded 2 students but was shot by the officer before he could do more damage! A real hero and one who was not afraid to confront the shooter!

He is brilliant as he knows a "GUN FREE ZONE " is extremely safe and when ever a president comes to NYC as long as they are in a gun free zone the secret service is not needed . I am glad he adverized schools are safe havens

I cannot fathom the irrationality of this democrat, socialist, communist mayor, placing expenses before the lives of precious school children. Have him disarm every officer that is around him and have him place a sign in front of his house that reads "Gun Free Zone". This is a typical communist strategy in creating a tragedy and blaming firearms as being the culprits in crime, murder, and assaults. A firearm is an inanimate object and cannot do anything by itself. A firearm becomes a weapon of destruction in the hands of a determined criminal, or a weapon for safety in the hands of an officer of the law or an honest citizen. There is an adage that says: "The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is, a good guy with a gun." Voters should recall this mayor for dereliction of duty and child endangerment for his asinine policies.