In light of Florida tragedy, O’Donnell vows to place cops in every Bayonne school

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In light of a tragedy in Florida where 17 high school students were shot dead, Bayonne mayoral hopeful Jason O’Donnell has vowed to place cops in every local school if elected. 

Jason O'Donnell

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“My wife, Kerry, is a teacher in the Bayonne school system and our children attended and currently attend Bayonne schools. Just like so many throughout the country, we watched in horror last week as more children’s lives were taken by a madman with a gun in one of our nation’s schools,” O’Donnell said in a statement.

“And, like so many parents in this country, our minds quickly turned to the tragedy of young lives ending too soon and the families left behind with only anguish and heartbreak. Time and again we have seen gun violence in our nation’s schools take young lives and put families on the permanent path to despair.”

O’Donell continued that “feelings of powerlessness and rage” are commonplace given the lack of leadership in Washington D.C. and that sentiment is evident in Bayonne.

“As we’ve seen over these past weeks, months and years, no community is immune to the horrors of gun violence. We must do more for our children in our schools here in Bayonne. If I am elected mayor on May 8th, we will put a police officer in every school in the city. No ifs, ands or buts, it will be done.”

O’Donnell, a former state Assemblyman and retired firefighter, challenges Mayor Jimmy Davis in the May 8th mayoral contest.