This is as nutty as it gets. In the wake of the December 14 Newtown tragedy, in which a mentally unstable gunman senselessly slaughtered twenty innocent children and six adult educators, you'd think that authorities would be sensitive to the importance of a police presence at our local schools. Yet Plainfield Township Supervisors, in a March 28 memo to police officers, have banned them from any sort of patrols at the Wind Gap Middle School. They are only allowed there during bus times, "and only if an officer is available," or "if County 911 calls them and it is an emergency." Any police officer who fails to comply will be suspended or dismissed.
If anyone should be dismissed, it would certainly seem that it should be the Supervisors for issuing such an idiotic directive, which must be signed by all officers. I do not see this matter listed as a discussion on the March 28 agenda.. It certainly appears that the public was deprived of an opportunity to be heard. And since when do Supervisors decide where police should patrol? Shouldn't that decision be left to the professionals?
"Parents Take a Stand" has been formed in response to this memo, which is incredibly signed by all five Supervisors. At least 43 people have indicated they plan to attend tonight's 7 PM meeting of Supervisors at 6292 Sullivan Trail, and demand an explanation. According to the agenda, people who wish to speak must sign in and are limited to five minutes.
Attorney Kristin M. Harvey (Kunsman), one of the organizers of this effort, is the mother of a 5th grade student at the middle school. She observes,
"This directive is beyond rational explanation. The mandate ignores the fact that the School is located within the jurisdiction of the police department. It also ignores the multitude of reasons that a police officer might be required to be present at a facility within his jurisdiction. Finally, and most importantly, it ignores and threatens the safety of the 800 or so people, including children, in that building on a daily basis – the largest concentration of individuals in the township at any given time."I'll be there, and let you know what happened.