Mullet man displays knife at PTA meeting


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By Lisa Irizarry

lisa.irizarry@newsday.com

@lisairiz

Updated March 15, 2018 11:47 PM

 

A parent displayed a closed pocket knife during a public meeting about school safety Wednesday night at Rocky Point High School, unsettling some in the crowd, a video posted on social media shows.

In an email to parents Thursday, schools Superintendent Michael Ring said the man was trying to make a point but his approach “was ill-conceived and inappropriate for the venue.”

The incident happened just hours after dozens of Rocky Point students took part in a national walkout from classes to call for greater gun safety and to remember the 17 victims of a Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

“Everybody kind of freaked out. It was scary,” said Jade Pinkenburg, 17, a senior at the school whom the man called up from the audience to help make his point. “He brought a weapon to school and it shocked everyone. No one knew who he was.”

 

Suffolk County police investigating the incident said they did not yet know the identity of the man. School officials would say only that he is a parent from the district.

Pinkenburg said the man stood to address the school board’s health and safety committee after the student told board members he believes there shouldn’t be armed guards in the school.

When Pinkenburg finished his comments, he said he went to the back of the room and the man asked him to return to the front.

A video shows the man standing at the front with Pinkenburg opposite him, the man holding one hand in the pocket of his hooded sweatshirt as he begins to make his point about school safety.

“I’m considerably larger than you, OK?” the man says, walking closer to Pinkenburg. “If something happened, if I decided to attack you, it would take the cops three to five minutes to come here — probably 10 if the traffic’s bad.”

The man then takes the knife out of his pocket, holds it in the air and asks the student, “What are you gonna do now? What are you gonna do now?”

In an interview, Pinkenburg said he “had no idea what was happening. He was in my face a bit and I didn’t know what he was about to do. When I realized, I kind of jumped back. My legs got weak and my heart was beating fast.”

“Stop it! Stop it!” Pinkenburg’s father, Chris, 54, yells at the man as his son runs to the back of the room after the man displays the knife.

A board member tells the man that his actions were “inappropriate.” The man says to the board member, “No it’s not inappropriate . . . I’ll tell you why . . .”

Someone demands the man be ejected from the building.

“Everyone was stunned and other people started chiming in,” before a security consultant escorted the man out, Chris Pinkenburg said Thursday in an interview.

Chris Pinkenburg said he didn’t ever think anything was going to happen to his son, “but it was still scary.”

“He was out to intimidate my son, you can see it in the video,” Pinkenburg said. “I didn’t hear it was a demonstration, so I started yelling to stop because he’s my kid and he started to look scared. He said he has two daughters. Why didn’t he use them?”

Jo Herman, a senior also at the meeting, said, “It was terrifying for everyone. . . . Nobody expected that to happen.”

A police spokeswoman said the school notified police, and the Seventh Precinct crime section is investigating. She declined to comment on what if any charges could be filed.

Ring, in his email to parents, addressed the incident:

“During a discussion on the topic of armed security guards, a parent in attendance attempted to conduct a demonstration to reinforce his belief that all school districts should have such resources at their disposal. While the district firmly acknowledges that the demonstration was ill-conceived and inappropriate for the venue, we believe that the act was not intended to compromise the safety of those in attendance.”

Im sorry to all those I startled.

Wait, that's a boy?

Altofsky - 

Im sorry to all those I startled.


I almost titled it "Altofsky pulls knife at PTA meeting".

This goes to my general line of thinking that most people should just shut the fuck up.

interesting approach, certainly going to make some people think. I don't agree with it, but I also see his reasoning.

This is about 10 minutes or so away from me.

 

Talk about being a fucking stupid idiot. Now, you are demonstarting that the kids need to be frisked on a daily basis you fucking lunatic?

 

And this has zero bearing on what happened in Florida, because the kid walked in though an unguarded door.

 

Its a stupid demonstration. Sure, ANYONE could walk into ANYWHERE and shoot/knife/blow people up. Its our humanity thats supposed to keep us from doing so. This guy wants a lock down police state nation then???

i understand the point the man is trying to make. but you have to be a fucking idiot to think that was a good idea.

Sweet mullet.

I like how much farther it went down past the bill of his hat.

100 bucks says at least 2 guns in his car

He makes a good point.  What are these people going to do?  Ask him to 'please stop it' when he starts butchering people?

 

These libards are actually mentally retarded.

CanadaDry - 

He makes a good point.  What are these people going to do?  Ask him to 'please stop it' when he starts butchering people?

 

These libards are actually mentally retarded.


His point is right. Execution was not going to go over well with that approach though. Could have just used the hypo without pulling out the weapon in front of a little girl... oh wait that's a boy. Keep forgetting.

EFM -

By Lisa Irizarry

lisa.irizarry@newsday.com

@lisairiz

Updated March 15, 2018 11:47 PM

 

A parent displayed a closed pocket knife during a public meeting about school safety Wednesday night at Rocky Point High School, unsettling some in the crowd, a video posted on social media shows.

In an email to parents Thursday, schools Superintendent Michael Ring said the man was trying to make a point but his approach “was ill-conceived and inappropriate for the venue.”

The incident happened just hours after dozens of Rocky Point students took part in a national walkout from classes to call for greater gun safety and to remember the 17 victims of a Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

“Everybody kind of freaked out. It was scary,” said Jade Pinkenburg, 17, a senior at the school whom the man called up from the audience to help make his point. “He brought a weapon to school and it shocked everyone. No one knew who he was.”

 

Suffolk County police investigating the incident said they did not yet know the identity of the man. School officials would say only that he is a parent from the district.

Pinkenburg said the man stood to address the school board’s health and safety committee after the student told board members he believes there shouldn’t be armed guards in the school.

When Pinkenburg finished his comments, he said he went to the back of the room and the man asked him to return to the front.

A video shows the man standing at the front with Pinkenburg opposite him, the man holding one hand in the pocket of his hooded sweatshirt as he begins to make his point about school safety.

“I’m considerably larger than you, OK?” the man says, walking closer to Pinkenburg. “If something happened, if I decided to attack you, it would take the cops three to five minutes to come here — probably 10 if the traffic’s bad.”

The man then takes the knife out of his pocket, holds it in the air and asks the student, “What are you gonna do now? What are you gonna do now?”

In an interview, Pinkenburg said he “had no idea what was happening. He was in my face a bit and I didn’t know what he was about to do. When I realized, I kind of jumped back. My legs got weak and my heart was beating fast.”

“Stop it! Stop it!” Pinkenburg’s father, Chris, 54, yells at the man as his son runs to the back of the room after the man displays the knife.

A board member tells the man that his actions were “inappropriate.” The man says to the board member, “No it’s not inappropriate . . . I’ll tell you why . . .”

Someone demands the man be ejected from the building.

“Everyone was stunned and other people started chiming in,” before a security consultant escorted the man out, Chris Pinkenburg said Thursday in an interview.

Chris Pinkenburg said he didn’t ever think anything was going to happen to his son, “but it was still scary.”

“He was out to intimidate my son, you can see it in the video,” Pinkenburg said. “I didn’t hear it was a demonstration, so I started yelling to stop because he’s my kid and he started to look scared. He said he has two daughters. Why didn’t he use them?”

Jo Herman, a senior also at the meeting, said, “It was terrifying for everyone. . . . Nobody expected that to happen.”

A police spokeswoman said the school notified police, and the Seventh Precinct crime section is investigating. She declined to comment on what if any charges could be filed.

Ring, in his email to parents, addressed the incident:

“During a discussion on the topic of armed security guards, a parent in attendance attempted to conduct a demonstration to reinforce his belief that all school districts should have such resources at their disposal. While the district firmly acknowledges that the demonstration was ill-conceived and inappropriate for the venue, we believe that the act was not intended to compromise the safety of those in attendance.”

 

His point could be made for literally any public or private gathering space in the world that does not have metal detectors or guards. Does that mean every public or private space in the world should provide metal detectors and armed guards?

truewrestler - 

His point could be made for literally any public or private gathering space in the world that does not have metal detectors or guards. Does that mean every public or private space in the world should provide metal detectors and armed guards?


It depends. Do you think we need to "do something"? If so, then this is a reasonable something to do. If you don't think this is a statistical problem, then that's a reasonable argument as well (but will hurt a lot of feels).

Trying to get rid of the things people can bring to these places is many orders of magnitude harder than having better security at the places. That's why no one tried to ban bombs to better airline security and instead we screen people getting on to planes (but don't get me started on how bad the TSA is--though Air Marshalls work pretty well).

A guy here got arrested for going to a school admin building with a knife in his pocket. Didn’t even think about it and he set off the metal detectors. 

I get the point this guy was trying to make, but what a dumbass. 

VectorWega -


"These people insane?!? This guy has a switchblade in a classroom.  That's ridiculous and completely illegal"  <----STFU you pussy!



BTW, was that even a switchblade?  Didn't look like one to me.

I don’t know how anyone could tell. It appeared to remain closed the entire time. 

truewrestler - 

His point could be made for literally any public or private gathering space in the world that does not have metal detectors or guards. Does that mean every public or private space in the world should provide metal detectors and armed guards?


Exactly. Perhaps the mulletman's point is people should be able to fend for themselves regardless of where they are required to go. Gun-free zones are resistance-free zones. Mass shooters are stopped by armed resistance.

Two days ago, I had to walk around a high school for hours to prevent a mass shooting. Internet threats were made the night before towards some teachers and that school. So, we had armed officers all over the place.....for that day. What happens if the shooter decides to come the next day? Our response time will be a lot longer.

It was quite ironic when the students did their little walk-out to protest guns while being protected by a bunch of armed officers.

Stupidnewbie -
truewrestler - 

His point could be made for literally any public or private gathering space in the world that does not have metal detectors or guards. Does that mean every public or private space in the world should provide metal detectors and armed guards?


Exactly. Perhaps the mulletman's point is people should be able to fend for themselves regardless of where they are required to go. Gun-free zones are resistance-free zones. Mass shooters are stopped by armed resistance.

Two days ago, I had to walk around a high school for hours to prevent a mass shooting. Internet threats were made the night before towards some teachers and that school. So, we had armed officers all over the place.....for that day. What happens if the shooter decides to come the next day? Our response time will be a lot longer.

It was quite ironic when the students did their little walk-out to protest guns while being protected by a bunch of armed officers.

You are a cop? My cod.