School Board Member Accuses Cops Of Regularly Shooting People, Endangering Kids

Holly Matkin

“We know that black and brown students are much more likely to be shot by police officers," Tamar Klaiman declared.

Abington, PA – An Abington Board of School Directors member falsely accused police of “regularly” shooting people and endangering "students of color" during a public board meeting on Jan. 21.

The board was discussing a policy change to restore the Abington School District police officer’s arrest powers on school property following a series of law changes, as well as training requirements for that officer, when a board member took the conversation into a much broader area.

“Question. Um, school police officers are not, by law, required to carry firearms, is that right?” board member Tamar Klaiman asked during the meeting.

Other board members confirmed her understanding was correct before she continued.

“Yeah. I have concerns about anybody carrying firearms in the schools,” Klaiman declared.

She then proceeded to level false accusation against police in order to justify her stance.

“I mean, this may not be the appropriate venue or time to talk about this, but there’s a lot of evidence that anybody carrying a firearm in a district building puts kids at risk – particularly students of color,” Klaiman asserted.

“We know that black and brown students are much more likely to be shot by police officers – especially school resource officers – than other students, and I have serious concerns about anybody in the buildings having firearms, regardless of whether or not they’re police, so,” she added.

“Police officers also shoot people, pretty regularly, so,” Klaiman quipped later in the meeting.

Despite Klaiman’s claims, there have not been any instances in which a law enforcement officer has shot an unarmed student inside a school, the Glenside Local reported.

In a letter to Abington School District families on Monday, Board of Directors President Shameeka Browne noted that Abington Township Police Chief Patrick Molloy would be attending the Feb. 4 meeting to help provide factual information “pertaining to the long-standing relationship” between the district and the police force.

“Given the amount of public interest in this topic and the Board’s desire to hear from the community, we are scheduling this presentation to be held at the next Board meeting,” Browne wrote. “We encourage and value your attendance and participation.”

Klaiman said she plans to apologize to the school resource officers during the meeting in February.

She said that she has “strong personal feelings” about firearms in schools and the “disparate impact of disciplinary actions on students of color,” but admitted that her comments were “offensive,” according to her Facebook post.

“I said something that I deeply regret, and I would like to apologize,” Klaiman wrote. “I am proud of the relationship between ASD and the police department in this community. I am also aware that Abington is a leader in community policing and building bridges.”

“What I said was offensive, and I am sorry,” she continued. “The School Board is meeting with the police department and the school resource officers next week, and I plan to apologize to them in person, as well as the community at large. I am not perfect, and when I make a mistake, I am willing to own up to it and apologize. I look forward to a productive meeting next week, and having a positive relationship with the APD moving forward.”

The post received hundreds of comments – almost all of which blasted Klaiman for perpetuating a false, anti-police narrative and for failing to educate herself about the facts surrounding officer-involved shootings.

“Perhaps you should educate yourself - because what you stated is patently false - and rhetoric like that contributes to the anti police climate,” one Facebook user wrote.

“Your insensitive, racist & most of all, divisive comments cannot be excused. You do not represent the Abington community and serve only to drive a wedge,” another user wrote. “You should resign immediately…The majority of us are more interested in the safety of our children than your misguided political agenda which has no factual backing.”

The National Fraternal Order of Police (NFOP) released a statement about Klaiman’s comments on Tuesday morning.

“Dr. Tamar Klaiman…suggests that officers in schools shoot children of color for no reason with no facts to support the claim,” the NFOP said. “Those who push these false narratives are proactively working to destroy the positive relationships we are building with our communities for no reason other than to satisfy an agenda.”

“An officer who would stand between a gunman and someone's child in school deserves more respect than this board member is willing to give!” the NFOP added.

Comments (66)
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Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

How many students do police shoot each year? Until we know this number, it is only speculation to say that it is not a regular occurrence.

BunnyBerigan
BunnyBerigan

Since she color-coordinated her hair to her clothing, how can we NOT listen to her?!!

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

unarmed ones in schools? 0. unarmed ones outside of school? very few. to say that it happens regularly is a blatant lie, unsupported by facts, and only serves to drive a wedge between POC and LEO, by perpetuating false information.

I'm actually disappointed that someone with a PhD didn't even bother to do any research before she decided to spread a lie not based on any facts.

1sam81
1sam81

Only a moron would think police shooting students is a regular occurence

Aramovich
Aramovich

Amazing what false memes there are out there. Also, if she is concerned about guns and cops, has she ever ridden with officers??

LEO0301
LEO0301

LOL these people...look, and this applies to the resident trolls, just because you say it doesn't make it true (#rememberthatburger) I suppose she may have suffered brain damage when she dipped her head in a bucket of red/orange paint.

Bud
Bud

Any person that would state such a reckless comment has no business to be in a position of educating children. I noted she has a title of Doctor, I assume for education. This proves she has intelligence but greatly lacks common sense.

JBoH
JBoH

[“Yeah. I have concerns about anybody carrying firearms in the schools,” Klaiman declared.]

Wonder if that includes criminals?

Sgt167
Sgt167

For the trolls on this site the data is available at https://www.fbi.gov/services/cjis/ucr/use-of-force
UCR codes record location specific data as well as race, age of suspect and officer info as well as dozens of other attributes surrounding use of force incidents. Knock your socks off trying to find compelling statistics To prove your point because there aren’t any.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Dr. Klaiman??? Stupid liberal biatch!!

tunes70
tunes70

I hesitate to be so hateful and all, but there's ignorant and then there's plain stupid. Big Red is behind door #2, sad to say.

TheHammer
TheHammer

I can't believe two things... One, that she has a doctorate, and two, she apologized.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

@LEO0301 I was surprised it wasn’t true after all, I read it on the internet! Lol!!

javaguy
javaguy

They shoot kids everyday in every school but only with cameras and cell phones.

nb_dawg
nb_dawg

Just another moron who has no idea what she is talking about, but will speak out anyway, to make herself appear intelligent, and of course against racist police officers.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

UPDATE:

KLAIMAN said: "During Tuesday night's school board meeting, an issue came up about which I have strong personal feelings. I am concerned about having firearms in schools, and the disparate impact of disciplinary actions on students of color. However, I said something that I deeply regret and for which I would like to like to apologize. I am proud of the relationship between the Abington School District and the Abington Police Department in our community. I am also aware that Abington is a leader in community policing and building bridges. What I said was offensive, and I am sorry. Because our community is so great, we often do not think of the impact that things happening outside of our town have on people in our community. There are people who may feel unsafe around police, not because of anything the Abington Police Department or officers have done, but because of how the world is and treats some people based on the color of their skin."

Abington Township Police Chief Patrick Molloy said Dr. Klaiman personally called him and apologized for her comments. While he forgives her, he also wants to focus on educating her about her comments, which he said were hurtful.

"There are instances and the data supports some of this stuff that they were suggesting about African American males being more likely to be shot by police," said Chief Molloy, "but saying those statements without any data, without any context, does not lend itself to a fruitful exchange of ideas that will bring us together."

BLUEALWAYS
BLUEALWAYS

Another DEMO RAT LIBERAL, I PRESUME?????

magnumforc
magnumforc

Bad dye job...must have bleached her brain...

Zipytph
Zipytph

I have no idea what type of publicity or fame she is seeking, but vshe opened a very large can of disdain and hate. As an SRO/SPO in this region of schools, we have some of the best SROs zand SPOs around. Her problem is speaking without any knowledge of the program. She is a complete idiot. Why and how she was elected falls on the local parents. Pathetic example of leadership at this level.

Stanracer
Stanracer

This stupid cow has clearly drank the Koolaid. And a lot of it. She needs to do some serious fact checking!

50wt
50wt

Gee whiz, maybe if black and brown students stopped doing crimes they would stop getting shot......................

Choirboyz
Choirboyz

Just sad how far we have fallen... how quickly people spew poison without facts ... I’m retiring from policing after 40 years service ... the climate right now is just toxic... I wish my brother and sister officers Gods speed... amazing dedicated selfless people are becoming police officers today... despite the times... I only hope as in this case that the often “silent majority” comes to the fore and stops this anti police agenda.

Zcamaro
Zcamaro

It makes you wonder what she is teaching those children in class, or maybe I should say indoctrinating them.😠

RunCop
RunCop

Strawberry-haired cunt

RdnkSinceBirth
RdnkSinceBirth

More of them get shot cuz more of them are committing crimes that cause the shit to happen. Quit commuting crimes and you wont have to deal with the police..its that simple..

pr9383
pr9383

She's a a double talking racist. She's prejudging our police officers based on the color of other people's skin!


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