“High Five Fridays” is a program that was supposed to act as a trust building exercise to improve relations between grade school students and the police. It is currently being put on hold. Once a month, police would show up at the school and greet students, welcoming them into the school. According to a report on Good Morning America this Tuesday, a complaint came up that this program might make a small group of students uncomfortable. This group includes minorities and undocumented immigrants.
From Gateway Pundit:
The Northampton Police Department said it decided to scrap its 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.
From Northampton Police Facebook:
While we received a lot of support on social media, we also heard a few concerns about the program. Concerns were shared that some kids might respond negatively to a group of uniformed officers at their school. People were specifically concerned about kids of color, undocumented children, or any children who may have had negative experiences with the police.
Children of all race, gender and nationality should trust the police. They are the ones we come to in a time of need. We expect them to protect and serve, but do not trust them to shake hands with our children in the morning. Young kids have nothing to hide, there should be no reason for them to feel uncomfortable with a police presence. The real question is what are the adults that made these complaints hiding.