In the wake of another tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida, liberals have been quick to go back to their old standard bogeyman: THE GUN DID IT! Meanwhile, Republicans have deflected, saying that the FBI and the Broward County Sheriff’s Office should have done more to investigate shooter Nikolas Cruz in the months leading up to the shooting. Furthermore, there has been plenty of criticism over how the police handled the situation itself as it unfolded; the school resource officer hid outside the building instead of rushing in to stop the attack and reports suggest that he did so under orders.
But no, of course…it’s the NRA’s fault.
Going back to the complaints about law enforcement refusing to take seriously Cruz’s multiple run-ins with trouble in the months and years leading up to the tragedy, though, the fault may not entirely lie with the sheriff’s office. Indeed, according to an investigation launched by RealClearInvestigations, the problem may lie with Obama-era school discipline policies that were enacted by the district in 2013.
Despite committing a string of arrestable offenses on campus before the Florida school shooting, Nikolas Cruz was able to escape the attention of law enforcement, pass a background check and purchase the weapon he used to slaughter three staff members and 14 fellow students because of Obama administration efforts to make school discipline more lenient.
Documents reviewed by RealClearInvestigations and interviews show that his school district in Florida’s Broward County was in the vanguard of a strategy, adopted by more than 50 other major school districts nationwide, allowing thousands of troubled, often violent, students to commit crimes without legal consequence. The aim was to slow the “school-to-prison pipeline.”
“He had a clean record, so alarm bells didn’t go off when they looked him up in the system,” veteran FBI agent Michael Biasello told RCI. “He probably wouldn’t have been able to buy the murder weapon if the school had referred him to law enforcement.”
As shocking as this is to hear, we can’t say we’re entirely surprised that those policies have led us down this very path. What else did Democrats in the Obama administration expect?
You probably remember when these policies were all the rage a few years ago. This was when all of the Black Lives Matter crap was all over the news and we were suddenly expected to pretend that we were back living in the days of slavery. School programs were rolled out that endorsed policies like zero suspensions or expulsions for students of color without the express authorization of the superintendent. White teachers were told to hold black and Hispanic students to a lower standard. Schools were mercilessly criticized for racism whenever they called the cops on a student, no matter the offense.
Well, turning a blind eye to crime and misbehavior doesn’t make it go away. Duh.
There’s a reason why the phrase “nip it in the bud” exists. Maybe we should get back to THAT policy and leave these idiot liberal programs in the past.