Northampton in Massachusetts had launched an initiative to improve relations between grade school children and the police called High Five Fridays, hoping to build trust between the children and the police. Every month, police would welcome children to their school, and greet them with a high five.
But the scheme was rejected after complaints were raised by parents.
[We] decided to scrap the High Five Friday program, which kicked off in December, after residents said that some children — particularly minorities and undocumented immigrants — may be uncomfortable with uniformed police officers greeting them at school in the morning.
As the old saying goes, “an innocent man has nothing to fear from the police.” Such a scheme wouldn’t have been put in place without the parents having been informed, so children who were undocumented would have no reason to think the police were there for them.
This might lead some to believe they bought into Black Lives Matter propaganda, believing that police are “out to get” minorities. The scheme was ended to the dismay of some parents, who had responded positively to the idea. But it seems that falsehoods were spread about the program, as the police’s official Facebook page had to release a statement: