Some New York kids returning to in-person high school this month appear to have packed a little more than their lunch, according to a top NYPD official.
Deputy Chief Olufunmilola Obe warned in a memo Tuesday that the NYPD has seen a surge in dangerous weapons recoveries at Department of Education buildings –accompanying the reopening of city high schools last week.
“The undersigned has observed an increase in the amount of weapons and dangerous instruments recovered on school grounds,” she wrote.
“The increase coincides with the commencement of in-person learning at NYC public high schools on Monday March 22 2021.”
According to the memo, 25 unspecified weapons were recovered over the course of five days.
Obe wrote that seven of the 25 weapons were discovered through school metal detectors while another 12 were found at the “perimeter” of DOE buildings.
Another 6 weapons were taken directly off of students, she wrote.
School Safety Agent union boss Greg Floyd, who wants to block the transfer of school-safety duties from the NYPD to the DOE, said the news should alarm city families.
“The group pushing for the NYPD to be taken out should take note of the job being done here to recover these weapons,” he said Wednesday. “I want to let parents know — you take the agents out of the schools and there will be no one to stop them from coming in.”