DUMB: Toronto District School Board Removes Police From Schools

TDSB puts political correctness ahead of safety.

The Toronto District School Board – already known for being far-left virtue signallers – has voted to remove police from all TDSB schools.

For a long time, police were deployed through the Resource Officer Program, often in schools that are in high-crime neighbourhoods, where an increased police presence is needed even more. In fact, the program began about a decade ago, after student Jordan Manners was shot at C.W. Jefferys School.

Of course, in today’s era of political correctness, the police are often unfairly demonized, especially be those on the left playing identity politics.

And that kind of far-left thinking is what led to the TDSB vote.

As noted in the Toronto Star, one TDSB councillor said, “Our schools are meant to reinforce the power of education and not the power of stigmatization.”

Apparently recognizing that certain areas have lots of crime and putting police in schools there is “stigmatizing,” as opposed to a common sense reaction to the facts on the ground.

One group supporting the change was the ‘Latinx, Afro-Latin America Abya Yala Education Network.’ Their chair called the removal of police “a bold stance for equity.”

That makes no sense at all.

Unless equity somehow means doing less to fight crime, it’s crazy to think that removing police from schools helps anybody.

Instead, it will make schools in dangerous areas less safe, and represents an approach that puts anti-reality feel-good political correctness ahead of the obvious recognition that having police in potentially at-risk schools is a smart idea.

Ironically, that’s what students believe too.

A poll of thousands of TDSB students found a majority felt the program made schools safer, but the TDSB instead listened to a vocal minority and removed the cops anyway:

“While 57 per cent said having police in school made them feel safer, 46 per cent said they weren’t sure they wanted the program to continue. But 1,715 (11 per cent) said the presence of an officer intimidated them and 2,207 — or 14 per cent — said they felt watched and targeted as a result.”

That shows how dumb this TDSB decision is.

A majority of students felt safer with the police there, but the TDSB is getting rid of it because a smaller group didn’t like it.

Pathetic.

Spencer Fernando

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Place your children in private educational institutes and leave the public schools, They are substandard in education and most are dangerous. And if virtue signaling is more important then the safety of the children who have to attend these liberalized joke of education system then you are well away from them and their constant stupidity. The safety of all children should come first. Without this, in high crime areas, you are leaving them open to crime and danger in the schoolyard and off.

Roger Shelswell
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Roger Shelswell

Well said

Del
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Del

BLM is run by the Muslim Brotherhood who are related to ISIS and Al Queda. MB is partially funded by George Soros. Look it up. It’s easy. Why are they so scared of the police? Will they be calling BLMwhen the local school pusher starts shooting other dealers? Don’t call the cops as they are busy protecting people who care. BLM and Islam, guided by NCCM, now run the Toronto School Board and will shortly be a major department of Toronto City Hall. That is why Muslims waste school time to “pray” rather than using a mosque they claim is… Read more »

Roger Shelswell
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Roger Shelswell

What a bunch of idiots these school boards are.With all the undesirables being brought into our country by our out of control Crime Minister they should be increasing the police protection in the schools.All you have to do is look at the individuals that were interviewed and who were against the police and you would realize that the police are needed.

alan skelhorne
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all backed by mr. wynne 100% guaranteed, but wait till the first student is raped in the hallway or some other student being cut up. wow this ontario premier has no clue.

dee
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dee

I guess the school board does not want to hurt the criminal’s feelings as law abiding students try to learn to get ahead… things will only get better when parents actually parent their kids… students that ont want the cops there, are they hiding something?

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BOB FRY

Sandy Hook and the Colorado school shooting spree, confirms that the police cannot react quick enough with a 7 to 10 minute window of time for a killer to do his deadly work. After Sandy Hook I felt the U.S.A. would take the lead in putting security guards or retired ex military into the schools. Having a police officer in the school not only creates a feeling of safety, but the relation between the police department and the students improves and trust levels rise with the kids. For the Toronto school board to pull the police officers out to appease… Read more »

Don Taylor
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Don Taylor

The problems started when Soros’s puppet became PM the most hated PM in Canadian hisory