There was truly something horrible happening to this school, but that was before the cops started stepping in…
No, this isn’t another example of a “Lean on Me” school that has totally deteriorated due to liberal policies (I know, I know, I’m showing my age here), but it is just as bad and it shows where we are at in the United States and the rest of the world in 2022. Due to the pandemic, educators have faced a nearly impossible task over the past two years, and this was before the pandemic changed the way that school had to be done. Even prior to that, educators had always been heralded as overworked and underpaid heroes.
There are many schools that are facing a crisis because teachers are either getting sick with COVID-19 or retiring early. Substitutes are hard to find, leaving parents in a bind as they are trying to continue their working lives in order to further their family and their children’s education.
There is one public school system in Moore, Oklahoma that has come up with a rather unique solution.
“Moore PD is a proud community partner of Moore Public Schools,” the Moore Police Department posted on Facebook on Jan. 18. “This week, several on-duty officers are serving in the classroom as schools continue to face teacher and staff shortages.”
“We are thankful to be able to assist our community during these difficult times.”
Moore Police Chief Todd R. Gibson said that the officers had volunteered for the gig and they are not getting paid anything else apart from their normal salary for taking on the substitute job.
“Police officers did not have to participate, they chose to,” Gibson told Fox News. “These officers are deeply connected to the community and the schools. They always enjoy the opportunity to interact with the future of our community in a helpful way.”
Chief Gibson was also quick to note that the police department was not experiencing any staff shortages and they were operating as normal.
“We just can’t say thank you enough for our Moore Police Department answering the call today inside of our schools in a completely different way!” Moore Public Schools wrote on their Facebook page.“Your service was brilliant today, and our MPS students got to see and experience your compassion for their community in action!”
This post by the Moore Police Department has gotten plenty of responses, including some from grateful locals that were thanking the officers, to others who were questioning their qualifications and others who were upset that they weren’t wearing a mask.
“Thank you so very much Moore Police Department!” one commenter wrote. “You truly helped us out so much today! My students saw you around the school and thought it was so cool! You are amazing!!!”
“Thank you!” another said. “You saved us today!! Our students thought this was the coolest thing!”
“Do parents have the option of opting out from having armed officers in classrooms with their children?” one naysayer wrote. “No thanks!!”
“As a teacher who caught Covid at school and was out sick last week, I’m appalled to see these officers unmasked in the classroom,” another added.
“Sounds like this community should have invested more in teachers and school staff, instead of having officers in uniform with guns that are not qualified to teach standing over kids trying to learn,” a third said.
It is definitely certain that the education system is facing staffing problems that are not going to go away anytime in the near future. This solution where police officers were teaching the school was heralded by some as brilliant and others as foolhardy. Where do you stand on the issue?