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Lessons at a Brooklyn school were canceled due to the fact that migrants were settled there: New Yorkers are outraged

'11.01.2024'

Alina Prikhodko

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New York schoolchildren were switched to distance learning because their school was being used to house migrants. Parents are outraged, government officials are concerned, even Elon Musk decided to speak out. According to fox business, such measures are temporary. But nothing is more permanent than temporary.

Because of the approaching storm, about 2000 migrants from Floyd Bennett Field were moved overnight to James Madison High School, occupying the gymnasium and auditorium.

“Our public schools should be places where our children learn and grow, and they were never intended to be sanctuaries or places of temporary residence,” New York City Council member Inna Vernikov wrote. – Madison High School has approximately 4000 students. Their parents are rightly concerned. Our constituents living nearby are concerned about their safety and well-being. This will agitate local residents, disrupt the entire school environment and place a huge burden on families, students, school administration and staff.”

Wernikov demanded an end to the use of public schools as shelters for migrants, saying the situation at Floyd Bennett Field was “unacceptable and completely predictable” due to the site’s vulnerability to bad weather.

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“Madison is a school where students are scanned upon entry, but migrants managed to bypass this procedure. Tonight we sent a lot of forces and resources from law enforcement agencies. In addition, these children are transported from place to place, they will have to wake up at 4:30 in the morning to leave school and go to another place,” Vernikov wrote on her page. She shared a video of migrants, including children, entering the high school on Tuesday, January 9, in the evening.

The public is outraged

Parents of schoolchildren gathered for a protest rally. Some of them said that on Wednesday, January 10, some teachers did not access the links provided for remote learning, while others opened Zoom, gave students an assignment, and then quickly logged out.

The mothers highlighted that this disruption to learning comes at a time when their students are preparing for state exams that will affect their college applications, and after the COVID lockdown has impacted their children's education.

“We knew this would happen. Today it is James Madison. What will happen tomorrow? Or the next day? These storms are coming. “It’s winter time,” said New York City Council member Michael Reilly, emphasizing that several months ago he introduced a bipartisan bill to prevent schools and kindergartens from being used as shelters for migrants. “As if you weren’t warned.” Mr. Mayor, you knew this would happen. Everyone knew this was coming."

Reilly emphasized that in the past, school officials have been hesitant to close schools during snowstorms or severe weather, citing the fact that low-income Title 1 students still need to eat at school.

Even Elon Musk reacted to this situation. He commented on a LibsofTikTok video showing migrants being dropped off a yellow school bus at James Madison High School in Brooklyn: “School is closed tomorrow because illegals will be sleeping in the school gym. This is shameful! New York favors illegal immigrants over Americans.”

“This is what happens when hotel rooms run out. Soon the cities will run out of schools that need to be vacated. Then they will come for your houses,” Musk wrote on the X website Tuesday.

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