Tell them the true story of safety in our schools. Bill de Blasio needs to stop twisting the facts
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, the presumptive Republican nominee in the race for mayor, called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to “get honest with the parents of public school attendees and tell them the true story of safety in our schools.” Malliotakis was referring to a Tuesday news conference where mayor de Blasio lay claim to “the safest school year on record” a dubious fact that was challenged by the President of the union representing school safety agents, among others.
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis said, “Once again, instead of being straightforward, Bill de Blasio is twisting the facts to promote his re-election campaign. He needs to be honest with the parents of public school attendees and tell them the true story about safety in our schools.
“You can’t call a school system safe when the number of weapons and dangerous instruments found in the schools rose by over 30% or when 4 rapes, 60 robberies, 139 felony assaults, 37 burglaries and 263 grand larcenies took place.
“Gregory Floyd, the union boss for school safety agents summed it up best when he told the Wall Street Journal, ‘I would be embarrassed to stand before the public and tout that crime is down now in schools…. parents are getting a false sense of security.’
“Families for Excellent Schools also claimed that the de Blasio administration failed to include more than 10,000 violent incidents in the report.
“Perhaps, the most cynical part of the news conference were claims of the safest year on record; considering that the ‘records’ in question only date back approximately 20 years.
“Bill de Blasio needs to stop twisting the facts and playing semantics with the public; the safety of children is at risk and his statements simply don’t add up. Of course you’ll report good numbers when you don’t include violent incidents or downgrade the status of incidents that are reported. Bill de Blasio needs to stop trying to play New Yorkers for fools and starting sticking to the facts.”