February 23, 2018

Progressive Policing Policies Caused Florida Shooting

Dana Mathewson

From Urgent Agenda. Of particular interest is the next-to-last paragraph. Progressivism triumphs again -- or not. A FURTHER OUTRAGE – AT 10:33 A.M. ET: The mainstream press wants the aftermath of the Florida school-shooting horror to be devoted entirely to gun control, a favorite cause of the left. And, yes, the subject of guns must be part of the discussion. No issue there.

However, there are other factors in the Florida shooting that demand attention from those who seriously are looking for answers. I stress seriously. I've just disqualified about 90 percent of the voices we are hearing. From Conservative Treehouse:

As expected – buried deep inside a Miami Herald article about the Parkland school shooter, Nikolas Cruz, and a school board questioning their progressive policies, we find the following:

[…] Absent Cruz’s school records, it is hard to say precisely when Cruz’s behavior became an acute problem for teachers and administrators. Disciplinary reports obtained by the Herald show that at Westglades Middle School, which he attended in 2013, he’d been cited numerous times for disrupting class, unruly behavior, insulting or profane language, profanity toward staff, disobedience and other rules violations.

Records show the behaviors continued at Marjory Stoneman Douglas [High School], which he attended in 2016 and 2017 before being transferred, with discipline being dispensed for fighting, profanity, and an "assault.” It appears the Jan. 19, 2017 assault resulted in a referral for a "threat assessment.” A few months later, Cruz landed at an Off Campus Learning Center, where he remained for only about five months.

Well, there it is.

This is what Jack Cashill was writing about yesterday: "Did the Progressive ‘Broward County Solution’ Cost 17 Student Lives?” –
Yes Jack, yes it did.

COMMENT: Please read the whole piece. It is devastating. It turns out that there were, at one time, a large number of minority youth in Broward County being arrested for serious, violent crimes. This didn't sit well with "progressives" and local ethnic leaders. So, school policies were changed. Students who previously would have been arrested were simply reported for school discipline. Instead of the seriousness of their crimes being addressed, they were shoved under the rug. Nothing to see, nothing to see. Just a little mischief.
Of course, the arrest rate for minorities went down. Things looked better on paper. Progressivism triumphed.

One of the victims of the change in policy was Trayvon Martin. You remember him, I'm sure. The sweet innocent kid shot to death by a local vigilante. Turns out, though, that Trayvon was anything but sweet and innocent. He was a severely troubled stick of dynamite. But he, too, was handled with kid gloves. Mustn't let that arrest rate rise again.

End excerpt.

A note from Jonathan Dickinson:

There's another aspect of this that was dropped shortly after the incident occurred, Cruz was supposedly mocked and bullied at school, and that introduces an entire separate element to the conversation.

And this from Fay Voshell:

The Broward diverted discipline reminds me of churches, both Protestant and Catholic, who sent pastors and priests to rehab centers or to another church or parish in order to avoid entanglement with the law. We'll take are of it internally! Not to worry.

The schools are such a mess. They will suspend a kid who makes a Pop Tart into the shape of a gun, but virtually ignore a kid who threatens to use one and who demonstrates behavior that reveals his aggressive tendencies.

As for the bullying, I'm sure he got a lot of that; however, (I know this is trite by now) we all know bullied, neglected and abused children who did not turn out to be mass killers; but who took a lesson or two to heart and decided not to do the same to others.

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