A flier promoting an after-school youth boxing program was removed by a Northern California high school after residents complained that the “Punch a Cop” theme was inflammatory.
Although the Folsom High School program was sponsored by the Folsom Police Department, the flier that read “Learn to box. Get in shape. Punch a cop without going to jail,” was deemed inappropriate.
Moreover, in the face of the recent deaths of two New York City police officers, gunned down while eating lunch in their patrol car, the anti-police message seems particularly in bad taste.
Daniel Thigpen, a representative of the Folsom Cordova Unified School District, astonishingly told The Los Angeles Times the fliers were “intended to use humor to continue attracting students to the boxing and fitness program.” The joke fell flat for a number of Folsom residents.
Thigpen responded saying, “we understand and are sensitive to concerns raised by some community members in recent days and have removed the three fliers that remained on campus as of Monday.”
In October Folsom High officials approved the flier which was crafted by a school resource officer connected with the program. Thigpen said that the goal of the program is “intended to provide engaging activities for students and to promote positive interactions with local law enforcement.”