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Some elementary school children in Seattle are being granted a “front-row seat” to see what dysfunction looks like.
A new homeless camp was recently erected near Broadview Thomson K-8 elementary school, and officials are refusing to take action against it.
“The kids … they’ve got a front row seat. All they have to do is go to the fence and look down, and they can see the fighting, the defecation, the drug use, everything that goes on right there for kindergartners to see,” according to one parent, Ryle Goodrich.
Speaking Friday on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” Goodrich described just a few of the “shows” that the children at the school have been exposed to this week alone.
(Video: Fox News)
“This Sunday I walked through and I found a samurai sword, a katana, lying up right next to a tent unattended. The day after that, there was someone with a throwing ax right in the middle of the trail, surrounded by tents, throwing it at this target,” he said.
“Yesterday in Seattle there was a shooting at a different encampment. Two people were shot. And at our encampment, a parks worker was attacked by two people living there, and again the police had to come,” he added.
The attack reportedly happened during school hours.
According to Goodrich, police and fire authorities have been called to the camp at least four times this week alone.
“So this is a very unsafe environment. There’s a lot else that’s going on there. [It] doesn’t belong anywhere near schools,” he said.
What’s unusual about this case, however, is that the fault doesn’t lie with city officials but rather with school officials, according to Goodrich.
He said that Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan wants to resolve the crisis by relocating the homeless to hotels and other shelters, but that school officials would rather keep the homeless in their camps.
“We need to set up some boundaries and say that’s not an OK place to have encampments, and the mayor agrees with this, and traditionally what she does is she goes in with outreach and tries to get these people in hotels or shelter of some sort,” he explained.
“But the school board has said this is not a humane, good process, and you can’t touch them. So right now we’ve got this crazy situation where you can do whatever you want as long as it’s on school property,” he added.
This is true, according to local station KING.
“[T]he vast majority of the encampment is on Seattle Public School property. It is their obligation and their responsibility to determine how they want to deal with it,” Durkan said this week in an interview with the station.
“The school board made it very clear that they want to make sure that they bring every person inside and not move people. Two school board members said that they objected to what they called sweeps,” she added.
One such “sweep” happened last week at Meany Middle School, which lies inside Miller Playfield.
“A very similar situation was happening at a play field right next to a school last week. The city came in, got a bunch of people out of there by offering them housing, had to remove a few,” Richfield explained.
The difference is that happened on city property, whereas this time the homeless have cleverly established a camp on school property.
Seattle isn’t the only left-wing city facing hordes of homeless. Over in the Manhattan neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen, local residents are reportedly horrified that this summer will turn into “the night of the living dead” because of all the homeless.
The problem is that Hell’s Kitchen is one of several Manhattan neighborhoods whose hotels New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, a rabid Democrat, chose to use to house the homeless during the height of the coronavirus pandemic.
The results were predictable.
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) August 8, 2020
“Neighbors cite a visibly ugly increase in trouble spilling out of the hotels and onto the sidewalks: theft, drug abuse, public defecation, open-air sex and random violence,” according to the New York Post.
With the pandemic now receding and complaints about the homeless residents’ behavior growing, de Blasio has at least finally vowed to shutter the hotel program. The problem is that he won’t specify a particular date.
“Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed Tuesday to get the city out of the hotel homeless shelter business. … Tuesday morning, the mayor conceded hotels do not make good shelters. He promised a return to higher capacity traditional shelters but without saying exactly when,” local station WCBS reported around the start of the month.
“The goal is to get out of all hotels everywhere and only have shelter be in permanent shelters. I am anxious to set a timeline for when we can get folks back to the shelters and to be public about that. So we’ll have more to say on that shortly after we do a little more work,” the mayor reportedly said in his own words.
His vague word choice did not inspire locals.
“How long does this go on? How long does our neighborhood have to suffer?” Paul Fable, a local bakery owner, asked the Post in exasperation.
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