Police officers in Northampton, Massachusetts will be ceasing their “High Five Friday” program after parents complained that seeing police officers on the way to school was too much for undocumented students and people of color.

According to The Daily Caller, the program gave police officers a chance to connect with the community by greeting children and high-fiving them on their way to school.

A Twitter account associated with the Northampton Police Department reports that the program – which started last December – was initially well received.

Something changed, however, as evidenced by a note on the police department’s Facebook page that reads:

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.

The post goes on to state that the police department was ultimately asked to stop the “High Five Friday” program, which they did.

Children in the area are still encouraged to give “high fives, low fives and fist bumps” to police officers they see on the street, but there will be no more early morning greetings with law enforcement.

When news of this change spread, it rubbed many the wrong way.

“What an absolute disgrace,” commented Facebook user Jay Samp on the police department’s post.

“Way to cower to a bunch of [whiny] snowflakes! God forbid the children see the police as positive and friendly. Glad I do not live in or near that place.”

“What’s next? Will the department stop making arrests because defendants might be traumatized?” wrote David Cortese.

“You are ignoring the vast majority of residents who want strong, decisive officers to protect them.”

“This program was giving those kids an opportunity to become comfortable with police and have a more positive relationship with law enforcement than they might otherwise have,” argued Eliza Sue.

“A few [kids’] uncomfortable feelings derail a positive program,” bemoaned CarrieAnn O’Connor. “What about kids that want officers but now feel uncomfortable saying so! PC out of control.”

Sources:
Northampton Police Department, Facebook
The Daily Caller

  • Aaron Underwood

    I wish George Carlin were still alive — to see what liberals have turned into today. He would have ENDLESS stand-up material to work with!

    • tanstagcopc

      I luv me some George Carlin!

      But in this case, a more appropriate comic routine might be George Wallace and his “People Who Need Their Butt Kicked”!

      (Like these whiny snowflakes.)

  • memphis

    I might respond negatively to dumb liberals and criminal illegals. Can we please remove them?

  • Penny Hinton

    Wtf has this country become? Bring back police ! High five away the illegals should eave if they don’t like it

  • Martelson

    Those uncomfortable with the program should also put themselves on a list so the police never come around them – for any reason. Let them high-five the criminals.

  • Sam2

    The left is true tyranny folks. All it takes for someone to be offended and something is shut down. Notice how they’re catering to illegals at the expense of fostering a positive image for the police. Remember the left will not stop until American culture has been completely sanitized and made into a generic and Marxist communal poop hole. First they take away what you can say, next they take away what you can think, finally they take away what you can do. All in the name of tolerance. BEWARE, THE LEFT IS TRYING TO CREAT A PRISON OF THOUGHT!!!!!!

  • Sculder_4

    Hey Northampton Police, I have a tip… Anyone in that meeting that said it was making people uneasy…. You should investigate them… I’m betting there’s a good chance they are doing something illegal…

  • Sean Goggins

    that school is named after my grandfather. i never got to know him, but i am pretty sure he would be very against this.

  • shappens

    Every single judge, politician, company,news media who has willfully obstructed or help obstruct the laws on immigration needs to have a a class action lawsuit slapped on them.

    This is not going away and until lawsuits occur it won’t.

    • HT

      I think they should be arrested for their part in an illegal activity. If you harbored a bank robber you would get arrested, no difference. Same goes for those knowingly hiring illegals.

      • shappens

        Agree as well as public knowledge and public hall of shame. It should be so publicly known it will never be forgotten for at least 2 generations. I say that for the obvious reason’s you probably understand very well already.

    • tanstagcopc

      The really twisted thing about cities and other municipalities is, the employees who make the decisions often have immunity as a part of their job, so they don’t pay personally when someone wins a lawsuit.

      And while someone may win, it is the CITY who pays. Where does the CITY get the money? Sometimes the have insurance for that. But even if they do, then the rates go up and up and up as they keep losing.

      Guess who pays for the insurance premiums?

      Bottom line answer is, the TAXPAYERS! Eventually if things get bad enough then all the taxes in the area get raised.

      Which means lose-lose for those citizens who live there.

      • shappens

        I know this from personal experience. I also know tax payers need to know this so well that they gather together to change this entirely. If the blame is squarely on those who currently have immunity, that needs to be changed.
        I have also seen a real backsplash so to speak on a impeachment…..that was sweet! Taxpayers need to be aware when any meeting or vote takes place in their city/town councils…..and let those who are voting know they are being watched intently. It’s difficult to do sometimes as some of these councils will do something early am time, still to an announcement just before things they vote on that taxpayers/public have no clue about.

  • Sam2

    I’m sick and tired of the left targeting the police. High five those illegals back to where to they came from!

  • mdwstOsfan

    To whoever posted this article for MNEWS, Good Find.

  • Dolce Far Niente

    People who commit crimes are usually uncomfortable around police. So now, the law abiding will be made to pretend to be uncomfortable as well.

    Progressivism is all about making sure everyone is miserable equally.

  • Will Cassity

    Good article! Glad to see you work. This is how you push through and come out stronger on the other side. We got your back!

  • DEPLORABLE Grandma Susan

    Anyone made uncomfortable by a great program like this needs to take the “I’ll NEVER call 9-1-1” pledge.

    It has been statistically proven that when kids are comfortable around police, they are more likely to ask for Police help when they need it. It is meant to breakdown barriers. For the fools who prefer the barriers, you are willing to sacrifice kids who may need help Shame on you for being so selfish, only seeing what matters to you and not your community.

    • infowarrior kaimanahila

      Guaranteed it’s a foundation initiative. All these strange things are not grass roots happenings. They’re done with the end result of dissolving US sovereignty. In this case, flooding the US with illegals.

  • mdwstOsfan

    I LOVE the smell of MNEWS in the morning.

  • Daniel W Kauffman Jr

    “This program was giving those kids an opportunity to become comfortable with police and have a more positive relationship with law enforcement than they might otherwise have,”
    That’s the whole point the Left NEEDS kids to fear and hate the police anything that might interfere with that must be eliminated,

  • CynthiaSpeaks

    I love when illegals fear the police. That is as it should be.

  • Camilla Carr

    It is important to teach children not to be afraid of police officers, so that they can get help if they need it. Why aren’t we putting the blame for this idiocy on the parents who are obviously either breaking laws or flaming white apologist liberals? The parents are doing SOMETHING for their small children to be that fearful of the police.

  • LGS Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

    How about we just remove police officers from these same Anti*Cop areas where they’re targeted and disrespected?? I’m so thoroughly over this PC horse shit..

  • LGS Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

    Good morning 🙂

  • HT

    We should give illegals high fives just as they’re shipped back over the border.

  • jastonas

    So fucking sad. They prefer to see the whole world destroy, than offend some people.

  • KSE1977

    When I was a US Border Patrol Agent in New Mexico we did a program called Partners in Education where I would go into the classrooms of 1st and 2nd graders and help their teachers. I helped with reading and math and spelling, like a teacher’s aid, only in full uniform. The idea was that even though many of the kids were almost certainly either illegal or the kids of illegals, this was an opportunity for them to grow up and see that the USBP were not a bunch of thugs. If we reached just a few of those kids, perhaps they went on and did good things. At the very least, perhaps they never assaulted any agents when they were older. Either way, it helped our profile in the local community.

  • Daniel Overton

    Yea. You stay strong Milo. We are behind you 100%.

  • James Gregory

    We all know that the concerns were brought up by white people!!!!! Unbelievable.

  • AverageJoe1987

    Well maybe if the illegals weren’t breaking the law every second they are here, they wouldn’t be so offended by cops being around.

    And the cops should tell those parents, “Don’t call us later if you need us.”

  • Michael Lindsey

    It’s the purple and green kids that are most screwed up – oh and some of the blue ones. . .

  • bobbert

    people argue that police act brutally, but attempts to build bridges and connections between the police and community is offensive? Makes no sense.

  • Simple answer – you don’t have to high-five if you don’t want to … if YOU have an issue with cops then YOU need to figure out why – not punish an entire community because you don’t like something. Since when did a few complaints mean anything?

  • Rightsidereality

    This is disgustingly stupid. A. Illegals shouldn’t be here. B. A cop isn’t going to arrest a child walking to school. C. Black kids may not want to shoot officers if they humanize them. Our country is bogged down in ignorance. Thank god Trump is trying to bring it back to reality!

  • ARB

    So a program to help improve kid’s perceptions of the police is canceled because it forces kids to face their own inaccurate perceptions of the police. Ahuh. Seems like someone is missing the point.

  • MsDemeanor

    Once again, the voices of the VERY few are allowed to dictate what the MANY want.
    When will we stand up to this madness????

  • Daniel Obrien

    Kids of color, like colored kids?

    • TKpeterGunn

      RACIST! You cannot call Kids of Color “colored kids”! what is wrong with you????? I am so triggered right now! I’m not even a colore…..person of color and I am so offended! I demand that you give your house and all of your money to a color….Family of Color and apologize for 400 years of institutional racism……check your privilege!!!!!!!

  • Peter Thompson

    Do these people think more of illegals and coloureds over a friendly policeman.

  • kamenetz

    Blue Lives Matter! I can’t even imagine being a cop and having to put up with the antics of the “public”. I’m glad y’all are “protecting and serving”, I couldn’t do it! I did, but in the US Army…

    • Sally Smith

      Thank you for your service!

  • infowarrior kaimanahila

    I think the illegal kids SHOULD hi five police and when they put their arms up that’s when the policeman (yes, I said police MAN) can slap the cuff on his wrist.

  • Joe Schmoe

    As usual the usual mentally retarded deluded minorities are making much to do about NOTHING