Actress Cynthia Nixon slammed New York Mayor Eric Adams for his alleged mishandling of health and safety protocols in New York City public schools as COVID cases continue to rise.
The 55-year old And Just Like That star also compared her 10-year-old son's school drop-off protocol to Netflix's dystopian survival drama, Squid Game.
"School drop-off every morning is like the Squid Game," Nixon wrote. "every day fewer & fewer people & whoever is left gets herded into the cafeteria to play Russian roulette over lunch."
Squid Game is about a group of adult competitors from all walks of life competing in a series of deadly children's games for a chance at a $40 million cash prize.
The show's creator was inspired by COVID-19 as the global pandemic highlighted the socioeconomic disparities between the lower and upper classes.
"The many quarantining students & teachers today were joined by our principal himself who tested +."
School drop-off every morning is like the Squid Game\u2014every day fewer & fewer people & whoever is left gets herded into the cafeteria to play Russian roulette over lunch. \n\nThe many quarantining students & teachers today were joined by our principal himself who tested +— Cynthia Nixon (@Cynthia Nixon) 1641833583
Nixon–who endorsed Bill de Blasio in the 2013 New York City mayoral election–previously slammed de Blasio's successor, Mayor Eric Adams, for not doing enough to protect students and educators amidst the health crisis.
"And here in NY our Mayor is all talk & 'swagger' ZERO walking the walk," she tweeted last Thursday.
"He says they’re 'randomly testing” 20% of students, but with all the caveats on who is tested, yesterday at my 10 yo’s school only 12 students out of 305 were tested. That’s 3.9% of the student body."
And here in NY our Mayor is all talk & \u201cswagger\u201d ZERO walking the walk. \n\nHe says they\u2019re \u201crandomly testing\u201d 20% of students, but with all the caveats on who is tested, yesterday at my 10 yo\u2019s school only 12 students out of 305 were tested. That\u2019s 3.9% of the student body— Cynthia Nixon (@Cynthia Nixon) 1641512004
Nixon–who also failed to unseat then-Incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo after announcing her campaign for Governor of New York as a progressive challenger in 2018–shared a Reddit post written by a high school student.
"Read this student’s account of what’s happening at one of NYC’s most elite public high schools," she said.
"THIS is what happens when you have a Mayor who thinks swagger can replace actual functioning Covid-safety protocols that keep schools up & running & teaching effectively."
Read this student\u2019s account of what\u2019s happening at one of the NYC\u2019s most elite public high schools.\n\nTHIS is what happens when you have a Mayor who thinks swagger can replace actual functioning Covid-safety protocols that keep schools up & running & teaching effectively.\n1https://twitter.com/neuroecology/status/1479432438896017409\u00a0\u2026— Cynthia Nixon (@Cynthia Nixon) 1641654998
She suggested public schools should follow the proper COVID protocols set by private schools—which include weekly testing for students and teachers and the distribution of masks.
"We’re almost 2 years into the pandemic & we now know what works to keep schools open—just look at what private schools do:"
"- students & staff test BEFORE returning to school"
"- schools go remote after breaks to give time to get results"
"- masks distributed widely"
"- testing weekly."
We\u2019re almost 2 years into the pandemic & we now know what works to keep schools open\u2014just look at what private schools do:\n\n-students & staff test BEFORE returning to school\n-schools go remote after breaks to give time to get results\n-masks distributed widely\n-testing weekly \n2— Cynthia Nixon (@Cynthia Nixon) 1641654998
In her final tweet, she asked why the city of New York was not "prepared," despite available funding.
"Last spring Congress gave $123 billion to K-12 schools for Covid preparedness. Why isn’t NYC 'prepared?'”
"Mayor Adams has stepped into a huge challenge with the surge of Omicron, but kids now are neither learning NOR safe & the Mayor’s big swagger is doing little to hide that."
Last spring Congress gave $123 billion to K-12 schools for Covid preparedness. Why isn\u2019t NYC \u201cprepared?\u201d\n\nMayor Adams has stepped into a huge challenge with the surge of Omicron, but kids now are neither learning NOR safe & the Mayor\u2019s big swagger is doing little to hide that.\n3— Cynthia Nixon (@Cynthia Nixon) 1641654999
Parents and others shared their own frustrations.
The psychological trauma on top of the physical health & safety risks keeps me up at night. What a disaster.— Nash \u2764\ufe0f\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8\u2618\ufe0f (@Nash \u2764\ufe0f\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8\u2618\ufe0f) 1641679203
School is chaotic babysitting right now, not education. Nearly my entire class is positive & I\u2019m supposed to keep showing up while my students are home - without a remote teacher- so that I can sub for absent teachers or until I get sick. Swagger & safety theatre are dangerous.— Concerned Citizen, MS.Ed. (@Concerned Citizen, MS.Ed.) 1641661312
Ontario (Canada) schools should have been prepared too.Our Mayor was not prepared at all.The educators should have had their boosters, new masks, tests before school started for both students and teachers, screening..all new health measures put in place. Nothing was done though.— Riley (@Riley) 1641679351
We made it to Wednesday this week before COVID came home to us from school. Now my 8-month-old baby and his grandfather both have it. Totally avoidable. This parent is angry.— Digitalhen \ud83d\udc13 (@Digitalhen \ud83d\udc13) 1641655203
We need your voice and appreciate it! They don\u2019t listen 2 us. Please keep on him & use your platform to discuss how dangerous the schools really are. I\u2019ve never thought I would see anything like this in our country. Mass infections & seems research is pointing 2 mass disability!— Bucks1618 (@Bucks1618) 1641537271
Ha! I\u2019m in one of the largest districts in the state of Michigan. Compared to what you are describing, our district seems to be relying on thoughts, prayers, and positive vibes. No routine screenings or testing go on here.— Linda (@Linda) 1641924931
Parents have to opt-in their students for testing, so it's always the same group of kids being tested. It makes no sense.— CatherineKadar (@CatherineKadar) 1641684061
It feels like a lot of parents consider gradeschool to be a daycare center first - and a place where their kids learn to be good citizens in a society, second or third or fourth. Teachers didn\u2019t sign up to risk their health during a pandemic.— forging onward (@forging onward) 1641847089
As a teacher, this frightens me. I am afraid that local districts are hoping for \u201cherd immunity\u201d at the cost of losing staff and students just to satisfy the covid doubters.— pick me up love (@pick me up love) 1641834534
Right there with you. Teachers are out so students work asynchronously in the auditorium.\nSchool: Must be masked at all times. (\u2026well, except for lunch when students can be shoulder-to-shoulder at group tables and we all have to pretend that they\u2019re not infecting each other.)— Robin Nussbaum Gold (@Robin Nussbaum Gold) 1641854228
It's heartbreaking and unfortunately it doesn't seem like any progress towards a solution is happening. My heart breaks for those in the education field.— 160 FARMS (@160 FARMS) 1641854729
Mayor Adams and Schools Chancellor David C. Banks kicked off their first weekday as leaders by emphasizing the Department of Education’s (DOE) Stay Safe and Stay Open safety measures.
The series of approaches meant to safely re-introduce in-person learning was announced in December by then-Mayor de Blasio and Mayor-elect Adams.
“Our young people rely on our public schools as lifelines every single day and we owe it to them to be fully open,” said Adams on January 3, while visiting Concourse Village Elementary School and P17X–a District 75 school–in the Bronx.
“As someone who was born, raised, and graduated from NYC public schools I know how important they are to families across the city and we will not deviate from our commitment to keeping them safely open.”
Schools Chancellor David C. Banks added:
“I am honored to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the incredible educators, school leaders, and support staff who are showing up every day during this pandemic for their students."
“From increased testing to PPE, we are making sure that our schools are safe, and we work closely with our labor partners, parents, and community members to ensure our schools stay safely open.”