Under the “How Damn Stupid Can You Be?” category, consider the case of the police officer who was asked by the principal of his daughter’s elementary school in Mesa, Arizona not to wear his uniform and duty weapon when picking his child up from school.
According to news reports, the principal of Entz Elementary School told Scott Urkov, who is a police officer with the Coolidge Police Department, that some parents were uncomfortable seeing an armed policeman on campus. Give me a break!
Who the hell are they going to call if there is a problem at the school, the local Boy Scout troop? Only if they leave their Scout knives at home and come in civvies, I guess.
We’d all like to live in Never Never Land with Peter Pan and Wendy, but the reality is that we live in a world full of people and some of those people are not very nice. Our police officers are the ones who put their lives on the line every day to protect the innocent from the evildoers. To ask one of them not to wear his uniform and sidearm is just ridiculous. If I were a parent with children in that school, I’d be grateful to know that he was there.
Not to mention the fact that most law enforcement agencies require their officers to be armed when in uniform, and many requite it even when off duty.
It’s interesting that the local television news channel couldn’t find any parents that had a problem with Officer Urkov’s presence at the school. In fact, all of them said they felt safer with him being there.
So did any parents actually complain, or is this yet another case of a school teacher or administrator making a really stupid decision in the name of political correctness? Like the California high school principal a couple of years ago who told a graduate that had returned from combat that he had to take the Combat Infantryman Badge off his uniform before he spoke to the senior class (on the school’s invitation) because the highly prized award, which is only given to members of the infantry who have been in a battle against hostile forces, has a musket on it and violated the school’s zero tolerance policy on weapons.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I worry about how stupid some of the people in charge of educating our children are.
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