AOC Opponent & Former NYPD Officer John Cummings Statement on this weekend’s mass shootings

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High School Civics Teacher at Bronx Boys School Says Focus Should Be On Mental Health and Education of Boys

Bronx, NY… John Cummings, AOC opponent and retired New York City Police Officer who has been teaching high school civics and economics in the Bronx for over two decades, today released the following statement:

“President Trump is right: we are in desperate need of mental health reform in this country. Too many of our young men are being over-medicated and under-supported during their formative years. As a high school civics teacher for the past twenty years, I have seen firsthand what happens when boys are expected to perform in the classroom in the same manner as girls, and don’t. It’s had a very negative effect on the education of boys.

“When I was growing up, the clinical diagnosis was ‘ants in the pants.’ Now, you get diagnosed as a problem kid, immediately put on medication and grow up being told you don’t matter. It’s no wonder our young men are susceptible to hatred and committing desperate acts of destruction.

“While our hearts and prayers are with the families who lost loved ones in these heinous acts, it is my hope that we are finally ready to have a national conversation about one of the root causes: how we raise our boys and the type of young men they become.”


Born to Charles, a New York City Police Officer and Natalie at Fitch Hospital in the Bronx, John Charles Cummings was born and raised in the Bronx and remains an engaged and active member of the community. Raised in Parkchester, he currently resides on City Island. While attending Saint Raymond High School for Boys, John worked various neighborhood jobs, which included delivery boy, stock boy in Macy’s Parkchester, and as the lead singer in a local rock band named Eclipse.

After high school, John entered college and worked as a clerk at Goldman Sachs and then followed in his father’s footsteps and was sworn in as a New York City Police Officer in 1983. Upon graduation from the NYC Police Academy, he was assigned to NSU (Neighborhood Stabilization Unit) 7, in the South Bronx, which covered the 40, 42, 44, and 48 precincts. John was then assigned to the 46th precinct, where he remained for 2 years. Following in his father’s footsteps once again, he was assigned to the NYPD Harbor Unit, where he served first as an operations coordinator in the Bronx, and then as a member of the Harbor George unit in College Point, Queens. John suffered a serious knee injury in the line of duty, and was forced to retire in July 1991, and did so with multiple commendations for bravery and excellence in the line of duty.

John graduated from Fordham University in 1993 and he and his family resided in the Morris Park section from 1990 until 2004, where he coached baseball for Van Nest Little League and Basketball for St Francis Xavier Elementary School. John also sang for the St Francis Xavier Parish Choir and was an active member of the Morris Park Community Association.

John began his broadcast career while at Fordham as a member of the Sports Staff of WFUV-FM, radio, doing basketball and football play by play and analysis, honing his craft under the legendary Marty Glickman. He also became the co-host of One On One, New York radio’s longest running Sports call in show, and was a sports writer for the Fordham Observer. John has been the radio play by play voice and analyst for Fairfield College Women’s and Men’s basketball for 25 years, and his role was expanded to television several years ago. He has also been a traffic and weather reporter for MSG Networks.

In 1998, John returned to his alma mater as a History, Government and Economics teacher, where he still teaches today. He has also been the Alumni Coordinator, Director of Development, the History Department Chairperson, and the Recruiting Coordinator, a role he now handles in addition to his teaching duties. John also serves as the cantor at school Masses, held on Catholic Holy Days of obligation.

John has two grown sons, Nicholas and Matthew, and continues his passion for music to this day as a singer with TIM CURTIN and FRIENDS, a local Bronx band.

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