A suburban Chicago high school has dumped its resource officer because it has received complaints about the “divisive” public defense of police and the fact that she proudly wears a “Thin Blue Line” symbol. Now, the chief of the Mount Prospect, Illinois police department is becoming increasingly concerned about the power that just a few people can wield over one person’s career, according to Fox News.
Officer Lisa Schaps has served the department for 15 years and had been the school resource officer at Prospect High School addressed the village board June 15 regarding concerns about the Thin Blue Line patch that she had been proudly wearing and that ultimately had led to her dismissal from the school. News outlet Journal and Tops covers the northwest suburbs of Chicago and they are the ones who originally broke the story.
Schaps said the Thin Blue Line is a message that is widely misunderstood. Even though many on the left say that it carries racist meanings, officers like Schaps insist that this badge “was never about hate. It has never been about oppression.”
“We are good people. We are here just to serve and protect, and I think that you really can’t judge us based on the actions of a few bad officers or groups that take our flag and used that incorrectly. It is no different than if someone was judging people based on the color of their skin, their religion, or their sexual preferences,” she told Journal and Topics.
“The way that we have seen people be treated by these police officers, if you think that we too are not enraged and angered about it, then you are wrong,” Schaps also said, according to the outlet. “Because the men and women of Mount Prospect do not treat our citizens like that.”
First Fox News Appearance
Schaps proceeded to appear on Foxs and Friends last week to make her case to a national audience about these Thin Blue Line should patches.
“It’s about honor, pride, and kinship,” she said during last Tuesday’s segment. “You know, I even said ‘love.’ I’ve got family, I’ve got children…it’s all of those things, and so that’s really important to us.”
Well, apparently things came to a head for the school and Schaps both, as she was called to the principal’s office for a meeting where it was revealed that they had no choice but to let her go. Mount Prospect Police Chief John Koziol was also in attendance, and he told the cable news network that they both were “floored” when they heard that the principal had decided they needed to get a different school resource officer.
“We sat down with him, and he explained that he and the district kept receiving complaints and they had probably come from the same people that had an objection to our patch, and so I was giving him ideas on how to handle these calls,” Koziol relayed to Fox News. “I told him to either send them to the police department or to the village because it wasn’t their fight to fight.”
However, it was all too little too late. Koziol told Fox News that the principal simply said, “Well, we’re past all of that. We just want a new SRO. We want Lisa gone.”
The School District’s Take
Dave Berry currently serves as the interim communications supervisor at Township High School District 214, and he told the cable news network that “we did recommend that the district consider a different officer assigned to this school in order for the focus to continue to be on our students.”
Berry’s further comments to Fox News included the thought that “the school does not have the authority to dismiss or fire a school resource officer, so any of the assertions that the school terminated this officer is not correct nor is it accurate.”
Too Much Power With Too Few Individuals
Koziol told the cable news network that a “small group” of people complaining “ended up getting this much power, so much so that it negatively affected someone’s career and someone’s livelihood” and Chief Koziol said that definitely is unsettling to him because the principal not only felt that dismissing Schaps was the right decision, but he “really believed in what he was doing” in regards to this decision as well.
Chief Koziol did point out that Schaps was going to continue to be employed by the department, but he was disappointed at the treatment of his protege, because he remarked that being a school resource officer was “a passion for Lisa.”
“It was a job that she had always wanted,” Koziol said to Fox News. “I know that she does a lot for these kids. If the wolf was ever at the door of that school, she is the mama bear that you would want to be there.”
“She is normally a very strong, confident woman, and she was devastated in that meeting.”
Liberalism: ruining lives for 50 years and counting.