BAYONNE, NJ - Students across Bayonne walked into their schools on Friday wearing blue, an effort, organizers said, to honor Jersey City Police Detective Joseph Seals who lost his life in the line of duty on Tuesday. The event was suggested by Petra Ghaly, a junior at Bayonne High School who is also the Founder and President of the campus chapter of Turning Point USA (TPUSA). 

“My father is a sergeant in the JCPD and has been working for upwards of 30 years so I have been in very close proximity to the wonderful officers of the JCPD and I will continually support them, especially through these times of grief and mourning,” David Humen, a senior said when asked of his decision to participate in the effort to memorialize the fallen Seals, himself a graduate of Bayonne High School.

“Det. Seals is an inspiration to all of us here at Bayonne High School, junior Alyssa Rozario said. “It is important that we remember his life and legacy so we can reflect those same traits of selflessness and kindness in our community.” 

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In addition to the successful blue-out event  students and the TPUSA chapter will be hosting two more events in memory Seals, organizers said. On Monday, students involved in TPUSA will be writing letters the slain detective’s survivors and are also invited to attend a “Gun Control Debate” TPUSA is hosting. 

Students who can’t attend the meeting, or community members, may also send their own letter to the family by dropping them off in room 120 or delivering them to Petra Ghaly or Brianne Peralta, vice president, by Friday. Other can also submit letters that will later be printed and delivered to the family by emailing them.

Ghaly and TPUSA are also working on a fundraising effort to help ensure that Seals’ five children are looked after, especially during the holiday season. More information will be made available about this effort on chapter’s Instagram page at @TPUSAatBHS. 

“I would like to personally thank the school administration, Principal Baccarella and Superintendent Niesz for working with me to set up these events in memory of our hero. I would also like to thank the students who gave their thoughts within the interviews on Friday or simply wore blue to support the family. There are times where we have to stop and remember the price of putting on a uniform and the weight of the badge,” Ghaly said. “I believe this is the time for our community to step up and step together in remembering a hero close to home and in supporting his family. I’m sending my thoughts and prayers to the family of Detective Seals, we thank him for his service and we thank them for their sacrifices.”


Petra Ghaly is a junior at Bayonne High School and intern for TAPinto Bayonne.

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