Florida school shooting policies

March 15, 2018

by John McClaughry

Jarrett Stepman of the Daily Signal adds an important fact to the Florida school shooting case. He writes: “Prior to the mass shooting, Nikolas Cruz was involved in a huge number of incidents on and off campus, numerous calls were made to the police, and the FBI was even involved… It would seem that somewhere along the way, he should have been stopped before the shooting took place. But that wasn’t the case.”

Max Eden, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, explained in City Journal how an Obama-era Department of Education initiative designed to put an end to the “school to prison pipeline,” combined with local mismanagement, helped allow the shooter to fall through the cracks.

“Students charged with various misdemeanors, including assault, would now be disciplined through participation in ‘healing circles,’ obstacle courses, and other ‘self-esteem building’ exercises.”… Broward County was a leader in adopting this new program and was even touted for it by Obama’s Education Secretary Arne Duncan”.

“The Parkland shooter was involved in a number of alarming incidents, including assault and bringing bullets to campus, for which he was eventually moved to another school. Yet the police never arrested the shooter or expelled him, which is in part why he passed a federal background check and was able to purchase a firearm. The red flags swirling around the shooter went unheeded, and it appears that Broward County’s lax policies deserve some of the blame.”

– John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute.

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William Hays March 17, 2018 at 8:11 am

It’s all Trump’s, or Bush’s, fault. Four-star sheriff Israel, and the FBI, are blameless. Oy, vey!

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