Public school parents are not happy with the Department of Education over their current school safety protocols.
Last night at the Community Education Council (CEC) District 24 meeting at PS/IS 119, parents criticized a DOE rep for not addressing their concerns or answering their questions.
Maurice Lindsey, the borough safety officer with the Office of Safety and Youth Development, spoke about his role in developing school safety policy. But he did not answer any questions, often saying “I can’t respond to that.”
CEC 24 members proposed additional measures, such as locking all school entrance doors from the inside, placing armed police officers at each building and installing a video surveillance and buzzer system. Parents agreed with that approach.
For nearly an hour, parents went after Lindsey, asking the CEC even brought him to speak when he couldn’t answer any questions.
“No disrespect, but why is he here?” screamed one parent “Mr. Lindsey has no idea what he’s saying.”
“We’ll have another Parkland if nothing is done.”
The three-hour meeting concluded with parents walking out, frustrated.