This is NOT a parody article. Officers from the Northampton Police Department in Massachusetts won't be allowed to give high-fives to students as they enter school anymore.
Originally, it was part of a program called High Five Friday where officers would meet children. “It was presented as an inexpensive (aka free) way for police officers to positively engage with youth in their communities and to show support for local schools. We loved the idea,” the Northampton Police Department said in a statement.
“Everyone was on board. Principals and teachers communicated the High Five Friday plan to staff, students, and families. We went to all of the elementary schools, exchanged high fives, and even snuck in some playground time with kids,” the statement continued.
But according to The Daily Caller, not everyone was pleased with the presence of law enforcement at the schools.
“Concerns were shared that some kids might respond negatively to a group of uniformed officers at their school,” the police department said on Facebook. “People were specifically concerned about kids of color, undocumented children, or any children who may have had negative experiences with the police.”
Officers will still accept high-fives if students see them on the street.