Scott Urkov is not the type of armed man on campus you’d expect parents to be concerned about, but apparently a police officer dropping off his daughter at school was just too scary for some parents at this Mesa, Arizona school.
The school principal actually called that officer to ask him not to wear his uniform on campus ever again. The issue was that other parents were concerned because he had a gun.
Outrage: Urkov posted on his Facebook wall that he couldn’t believe he was asked not to wear his uniform at the school
All Scott Urkov did was drop his daughter off at Entz Elementary School. Little did he know that what he was wearing that day would lead to a call from the principal.
“There were some parents who were concerned about that fact that there was a fully armed officer on campus and they spoke to the principal about it,” said Helen Hollands, spokesperson for Mesa Unified School District.
The officer, who works for the Coolidge Police Department, is a parent of a kid that goes to Entz Elementary School in Mesa.
Rightfully so, Officer Urkov wasn’t too happy about the decision either. He reportedly posted the following message on Facebook after the incident:
“Nothing like your kids school calling and asking if I could not come to pick up my daughter in uniform cause parents were concerned when their kids came home telling them there was a man at school with a gun. Are you freaking kidding me?”
Helen Hollands, spokesperson for Mesa Unified School District, confirmed that there were “some parents who were concerned about that fact that there was a fully armed officer on campus and they spoke to the principal about it.”
‘No uniforms allowed’: Entz Elementary School in Mesa, Arizona, where Urkov was asked not to wear his police outfit
“That was not the intent of the principal to offend him,” Hollands added.
“Meanwhile, while school officials’ initial reaction was to ask the officer not to wear his gun and uniform to school, they are now saying they want to turn this incident into ‘a teachable moment,’” KSAZ-TV reports. “They invited the officer to a special assembly to talk about what police officers do for the community.”
While school officials’ initial reaction was to ask the officer not to wear his gun and uniform to school, they are now saying they want to turn this incident into “a teachable moment.” Urkov has since been invited to come to the school to talk about what police officers do in the community.
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