An increasing number of guns and knives have been taken from students in New York City schools which, for the most part, do not have metal detectors. But the New York Police Department and Mayor Bill de Blasio do not seem to want the public to know this fact.
Susan Edelman, reporting for the New York Post, writes that unarmed school safety agents have passed on pictures and information to union leaders who have shared them with the media.
Gregory Floyd, president of the agents union Teamsters Local 237, says that some safety representatives have let the press and public know about the presence of the weapons. These security officials have been reprimanded for their actions.
Now the school guards have been grilled by NYPD officials and have been threatened with the loss of their vacation days if they leak information again.
"The purpose is to intimidate and to make an example of them so other safety agents will be afraid to report crime," he told The Post.
"If there's no information to report, de Blasio can come out with his skewed numbers that crime is down and schools are safe, and parents don't get a true picture of what's going on," he said. "We shouldn't be in the secrecy business. We should be in the business of making sure weapons brought to school doesn't happen."
Between July 1, 2015 and May 8, 2016, a total of 1,751 pieces of weaponry have been confiscated in NYC schools. During the same time in the last academic year, 1,394 guns, knives, and other weapons were recovered, which is 26% less than this school year.
A pro-charter organization, Families for Excellent Schools, filed a lawsuit recently charging that schools are not protecting students from bullying and violence. The latest statistics confirm the group's fear that more weapons are being brought into the city's schools.
At this time, the mayor is seeking an extension of the mayoral control of NYC schools that has been in place under a measure that expires in June. The City Hall's School Climate Leadership Team is considering the removal of metal detectors from schools. Floyd is seriously opposed to this move.
The NYC Department of Education has a new policy that discourages suspensions and has instituted an experimental program that requires teachers to give "warning cards" when a student is conducting herself or himself in a disorderly manner or is in possession of marijuana. Such behavior would have previously resulted in a criminal summons.
The Daily Mail reports that President of the New York City Parents Union Mona Davids stated that the problem is being covered up and the city's children and teachers are being put at risk. But Schools Chancellor Carmen FariÃ±a noted that school safety agents are dedicated to keeping New York City schools safe for students.
Media and politicians, says Bob Owens, the editor of Bearing Arms, refuse to admit that it is not a gun problem that is causing chaos in the country, but a "thug culture problem" instead.
Owens refers to the New York Post article and adds that the thug culture is trying to intimidate other children so they will comply with their demands. NYC public schools, he says, are not arresting or suspending the kids who bring weapons to school, but are following the directions from the mayor that allow this culture to expand.
He continues by pointing out that Democrats need to take on the thug culture and discontinue their acceptance of the criminal violence lifestyle.