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Letter: Teachers Have Integrity

 My name is David Leon and I am the Glen Cove Police Benevolent Association president. I writing in regards to the alleged coaching that the Glen Cove Teachers are being accused of.


One of my jobs in the Glen Cove Police Department is to teach the Pride program. I go into the Glen Cove Landing School for approximately 10 to 12 weeks. Part of the pride program is to teach fifth- graders about drug and alcohol abuse, street smarts in dealing with drug scenarios such as peer pressure situations, street drug dealing scenarios and also personal safety in general. We also educate the fifth-graders about the dangers of gangs and other various topics kids may have to face in the future. I have officers who also go to the Connolly School and All Saints School. 


With the pride program I’ve worked hand-in-hand with the fifth- grade teachers of these schools for over 10 years. I have had the opportunity to observe them teach and interact with their students. Some of these teachers taught my kids many years ago. My fellow officers and myself are all in agreement that these teachers are some of the most dedicated, and passionate teachers a kid could have. Their integrity can’t be any higher. 


I strongly believe that the allegations against these teachers couldn’t be more false. If preparing a student for a state exam is wrong, than what are they supposed to do? My kids had nothing but good experiences with their fifth-grade teachers, who still teach today. This ridiculous witch-hunt against these dedicated professionals is wrong. I along with my fellow pride officers stand by these teachers 100 percent. They are excellent at what they do and we should be lucky to have these fifth-grade teachers teaching our children.


David Leon


Glen Cove PBA President