The principal of a Brooklyn high school that forced children to learn from home the day after 2,000 migrants moved in for a night has hit back at parents who criticized the decision.
Parents were left outraged after their children were ordered to learn from home when the migrants were evacuated from Floyd Bennett Field because of a torrential rain storm.
‘I don’t understand how people who never come on a Zoom like this could take an opportunity like this evening to throw mud,’ Cohen said, according to the Post.
Cohen told parents on the call that she made the decision to move the children to remote learning on Wednesday because she didn’t know when classrooms would be ready again after the migrants were bused back to their shelter.
James Madison High School principal Jodie Cohen has hit back at parents who criticized her decision to have children learn from home
The students of James Madison High School in Brooklyn were forced to learn from home after a last-minute decision allowed the migrants – from the southern border – to sleep inside the school because of harsh weather conditions outside
Shocking footage revealed hundreds of asylum seekers sleeping on the floor of the school’s auditorium.
Clips obtained by DailyMail.com show the groups of migrants, young and old, taking up space in the large room in the school, surrounded by their belongings.
Alina, a mother of two kids at the high school, was among many parents, grandparents and local politicians protesting outside of the institution on Wednesday.
She told DailyMail.com, ‘My child texted me around 1:00 pm, that tomorrow the school is out.
‘They’re going to have remote learning because the migrants are going to be sleeping over in the auditorium and at the gym.
‘It was mad. We’re not against migrants, but this is illegal. This illegal crossing the border and everything and affecting all of us. And the worst thing is it’s affecting our kids.’
The concerned mother added: ‘The border should be closed. We should not be allowing illegal immigrants coming to a country like this.
‘And our children are affected because the education is already on the lowest levels. The remote learning from previous years show that it wasn’t the best thing for us.
Shocking footage has shown hundreds of asylum seekers sleeping on the floor of a Brooklyn school assembly hall, after kids were kicked out of classes so 2,000 migrants would move in
Clips obtained by DailyMail.com show the groups of migrants, young and old, taking up space in the large room in the school, surrounded by their belongings
Many parents, grandparents, and local politicians protesting outside of the school
Connie Donahue (left) who has two grandchildren at the school, said at the protest: ‘I’m livid. I’m absolutely livid’
‘I do not want to allow my children to participate in any activities tonight. I don’t want because I don’t believe the school will be disinfected enough.’
Councilwoman Jamie Williams said outside the school, ‘It’s not me who is letting them get away with it. We were on the ground from day one. From day one. We were on the ground. So we have to ask that question on a higher scale level.
‘We need answers from the federal government and all the powers be. This is not a one person thing. Everyone who is an elected official has a responsibility to act.
‘I can tell you as a parent. My daughter attends James Madison. She is home. She logged on, and they have to submit work that was missing.
‘What we’re seeing here today is unprecedented.’
Connie Donahue, who has two grandchildren at James Madison High School, said at the protest: ‘I’m livid. I’m absolutely livid.
‘I’m upset that I have to live in a city where priorities are so messed up and they’re taking our children’s education, which has been compromised for the last three years because of Covid.
‘And they’re losing another day of instruction because there are other places to put the migrants. I’m not saying leave them outside in the cold’ she added.
Adams surveyed the gymnasium where the migrants slept on the floor. They were moved back to the shelter at 4.30 am
Locals in Brooklyn have rallied together outside James Madison High School today
Many were told last minute about the migrants – and noted that they are worried about how hygienic the situation is, as many of those camping out at the school were previously homeless
Mirgants pick through clothes at Floyd Bennett Field
Officials feared that Floyd Bennett Field was going to flood, and sent the migrants to the school to sleep
Eric Adams, proud of the decision, visited the site on Tuesday night and shared photos on X afterwards that showed him surveying the gym hall where the migrants would be sleeping.
The decision has outraged many New Yorkers who say it is yet more proof of Adams prioritizing the thousands of migrants who have descended on the city over tax-paying residents and their families.
When asked about the controversial decision Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said the incident was ‘not in [her] district’ on Thursday when a reporter asked if she was comfortable with thousands of Brooklyn high school students being kicked out to house migrants this week.
Ocasio-Cortez had previously slammed Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Texas Governor Greg Abbott, accusing them of ‘crimes against humanity’ when the two GOP governors bused hundreds of migrants to Manhattan and Washington, DC.
After she dismissed the question on Thursday, Ocasio-Cortez said, ‘I think it’s very clear here that what’s most important is that we identify a facility that’s appropriate for these folks.’
‘I don’t anticipate this being a long-term solution, it shouldn’t be a long-term solution,’ Ocasio-Cortez added.