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Homeless encampments take over near two Seattle schools; cops hands off, parents furious

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The city of Seattle, Wash., is reportedly doing little or nothing about homeless encampments populated in many cases by addicts openly doing drugs situated adjacent to two public schools.

This activity on or near public school property is occurring just as students are about to return to the in-person classroom after a year of COVID-prompted remote learning.

Even as concerned parents express outrage, the city and the school board in Seattle are allegedly passing the buck back and forth as to who has jurisdiction for addressing the potentially dangerous public safety/health situation.

“Liberal cities out of control,” Fox News analyst Lawrence Jones described to the Fox & Friends crew after he returned from visiting the area. “You would think government has a responsibility to keep folks safe, to get [the homeless] out of the area and put them in a safe area where they are not around kids…parents have just had enough.”

Jones recalled how homeless drug abusers have taken over at least one of the kids’ soccer fields after the drifters found their way there, making student soccer practice impractical. “There is drugs…needles everywhere.”

As far as the impasse between the bureaucracies, Jones wondered “why won’t they all just pitch in 50-50. We [pay] taxes to both of the groups. They need to pitch in so the kids can come back to a safe environment.”

“We want these people to get the help that they need, but you cannot have needles open everywhere…it’s common sense,” Jones asserted.

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(Source: Fox News)

Common sense, unfortunately, appears to be in short supply in liberal west coast cities such as Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, where far-left Democrat politicians with fundamentally misplaced priorities are allowing social decay, such as rampant homelessness and street crime. These are factors which are destroying the quality of life of law-abiding, taxpaying citizens.

Jones added that officials in the city of Seattle — the former home of last summer’s CHAZ/CHOP anarchist enclave — have allegedly ordered cops to take a “hands-off approach” to the situation.

Fox & Friends co-host Ainsley Earhardt raised the even more disturbing possibility of sexual predators being among the homeless people in the encampments.

The two Seattle schools reportedly affected are the Edmond S Meany Middle School and Broadview Thomson K-8 school, Fox News reported.

Jones “pointed out that parents have been calling on the school district to remove the encampments for months, but have had no success. He noted that officials with the school district have said they are trying to resolve the issue, but cannot guarantee homeless people won’t be around when students start showing up for classes,” the Fox News report indicated.

A school district spokesperson, however, told local media that the agencies are trying to come up with a “compassionate” solution to the homeless camps near the Seattle public schools.

Robert Jonathan

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