The booing and chanting crowds that disrupted meetings on closing 22 schools this week were "embarrassing" - not just to the city but the entire nation, Mayor Bloomberg said Friday.How is this embarrassing to the nation? Is anyone outside New York City even aware of these school closings?
"The decorum: it's embarrassing for New York City, New York State, for America. This is not democracy, letting people yell and scream," Mayor Bloomberg said on the John Gambling radio show.
"That's not freedom of expression, to take away someone else's rights. If we want to attract good people to come and work for the public, you don't do this."
Angry parents and teachers union members hollered, chanted and even banged drums at Panel for Education Policy meetings this week to oppose the closures of struggling schools and placement of charters in existing schools.I bet if they lined up outside some gun manufacturer and banged drums Bloomberg would be kvelling with glee.
The mayor said a wide array of New Yorkers, however, should take offense at the disruptions.But I guess it's OK for Bloomberg to diss ObamaCare opponents by insinuating they had a role in the attempted bombing of Times Square, or diss the state of Arizona by running a gun sting, right?
"When you're yelling at a meeting like they had last night, you're yelling at the teachers, you're dissing them, you're dissing the principals, you're dissing the school safety officers, you're dissing the custodians, you're dissing the taxpayers paying for it," he said.