The father of a Phoenix, Ariz., elementary student was recently informed he could no longer show up at school in his work attire. Scott Urkov, a local police officer, found out the school had received complaints that he brought his department-issued firearm with him onto campus.
Instructed not to speak to the press, Urkov posted his criticism on his own social media page.
“Nothing like your kids [sic] school calling and asking if I could not come to pick up my daughter in uniform,” he wrote, indicating some “parents were concerned when their kids came home telling them there was a man at school with a gun.”
With public education’s relentless war on anything resembling a gun, it is no surprise some students might even view a visiting police officer as a threat. While generations past learned to trust and respect officers of the law, today’s youth are browbeaten into accepting the notion all guns — in any circumstance — are dangerous.
While a Mesa Unified School District spokesperson said it “was not the intent of the principal to offend” Urkov, she voiced similar concerns about his presence on campus.
Another parent expressed disbelief upon learning of the order.
“I think that it’s his right to wear that in public,” said Blaine Spencer. “Even if my kids saw that, I think they’d feel more protected to see a man in uniform at their school.”
In light of the controversy, Entz Elementary School has invited Urkov to lead a discussion regarding a police officer’s role in the community.
Hopefully, this incident will lead to a resurgence of common sense among administrators — at least those within this particular district. Under the school’s previous policy, one wonders who they would have called in the event of an actual emergency.
–Western Journalism staff writer
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