On the grounds that some “undocumented” students may be put into an “uncomfortable” scenario, the Northampton (Mass.) Police Department has asked its officers to do away with the “High-Five Fridays” initiative.
Only two months into its existence, police officers would greet elementary students at various schools in the city before the start of the day, encouraging the young students with high-fives.
However, despite a strong backing of the program, the chief of police and the superintendent of the area decided it was best to cancel the program altogether.
“While we received a lot of support on social media, we also heard a few concerns about the program,” a department statement read. For a large portion of our population this program may not seem controversial. However, we cannot overlook the fact that this program may be received differently by some members of our community. Most importantly, we want kids to arrive at school enthusiastic and ready to learn!”
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Police Chief Jody Kasper was present at a recent meeting with the school’s committee to discuss the validity and future of “High-Five Friday”. After exchanging ideas and taking into account established complaints, Kasper and the school saw it best to suspend the program. Following a public forum, Kasper was informed “people were specifically concerned about kids of color, undocumented children, or any children who may have had negative experiences with the police.” In the end, the program was permanently scrapped.
One of the “High-Five Fridays” was captured by the Northampton Police Department’s Twitter account, as seen below.
— Northampton Police (@NorthamptonPD) December 9, 2016
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