State Police to visit schools for check-ins rest of term
Nick Reisman reports for New York State of Politics that State Police troopers are being sent to New York schools from now until the end of the year to conduct daily check-ins after an 18-year-old murdered 19 children and two adults at a Texas elementary school on May 24. The next day Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the police visits to schools. "I want parents who have enough to worry about in their daily lives — the cost of gas at the pump, the cost of groceries, maybe putting aside money — they have enought to worry about. Let them know the State Police and local law enforcement are there to protect them," Hochul said. But parents may worry if they read the news about the Texas shooting, because a school resource officer was at that school but failed to stop his murderous rampage. "What will it take to put a stop to these hateful, sickening acts of violence?" said Andy Pallotta, the president of the New York State United Teachers labor organization. "Our schools must be a safe place for all. As we mourn those who have lost their lives, we must also stand up and demand better for children, for parents, for educators and for communities across the nation." Read more about this story at New York State of Politics.