Some stories about schools makes one wonder how some school administrators got through high school – let alone college – to become an education professional. According to Fox News, Police Officer Scott Urkov received a call from a school administrator at the school his daughter attends in Mesa, Arizona. The officer was asked not to wear his policeman’s uniform on the school’s property ever again.
The reason Urkov – who is a policeman at the Coolidge Police Department - was at the school simply to drop his daughter off at school. Yet, some parents at Entz Elementary School complained to the principal about Urkov being at the school in uniform with his gun visible.
A Mesa Unified School District spokesperson, Helen Hollands, asserted that there were some parents who were concerned about the fact that there was a fully armed officer on campus, and they spoke to the principal about it. She confirmed that the principal spoke to Urkov and asked him not to wear his uniform and gun to school anymore.
Apparently the principal was surprised that Urkov reacted the way he did – while many others aren’t surprised that he reacted negatively to the odd request at all, according to the report.
Furthermore, Urkov noted the incident on his Facebook page by writing that there’s nothing like my kid’s school calling and asking if I’d not come to pick up my daughter in uniform because parents were concerned when their kids came home telling them there was a man at school with a gun. He concluded his post with: “Are you freaking kidding me?”
The district spokesperson said that they apologize that he took the discussion the wrong way perhaps, as that was not the intent of the principal to offend him.
Doing a complete 180 degree turn on the issue, now the school wants Urkov to perform a special assembly to talk to the students about what a police officer does for the community. No word on whether he’ll be allowed to wear his uniform and gun if he decides to do the assembly.