The People and Policies that Created Parkland's Shooter and Endanger America's Students
By Andrew Pollack
After the school shooting in Santa Clarita last week, the media blamed the NRA for a day and then moved on. As usual, it ignored the questions that matter to parents: why does this keep happening, and how can we stop it? Moving on without answers wasn't an option for Andrew Pollack, who lost his daughter Meadow in the Parkland school shooting. Even as the media propped up student activists to leverage the tragedy for political gain, Andrew went on a mission to find every answer and tell parents what they need to know to keep their kids safe.
In Why Meadow Died: The People and Policies that Created Parkland's Shooter and Endanger America's Students, Andrew teamed up with a renowned education expert, Max Eden, to investigate and expose everything that enabled the tragedy. They quickly realized that it was the most avoidable mass murder in American history. And scarier still: the policies that made it inevitable have spread to your child's school.
In Why Meadow Died, you'll learn:
If one single individual in the Broward County school district had made one single responsible decision about the shooter, then the tragedy could have been averted. But you can't even call what happened a "failure" because every reckless irresponsible decision made perfect sense given the politically correct policies that governed the schools.
Broward County was ground zero for a dangerous new approach to school discipline, known as "restorative justice." School principals are pressured to decrease suspensions, expulsions and arrests to fight the so-called "school to prison pipeline," and respond by simply sweeping problems under the rug. This pressure is strongest when it comes to students with "disabilities" – especially problematic given that our schools label deeply emotionally disturbed students as having a "disability."
That's why it made perfect sense that, while in middle school, the shooter could talk about guns every single day and terrorize teachers and students for years before getting transferred to a specialized school. That's why a couple months of calm behavior earned him a ticket into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where they let him practice shooting in JROTC. And that's why principals there decided that he was so dangerous he couldn't bring a backpack to school and had to be frisked every day for fear he'd bring and use a deadly weapon – but never let him be arrested.
This story matters far beyond Parkland because the Obama administration coerced and threatened school districts across America to adopt these policies. And now the policies that caused Parkland have spread to your school. The only way for you to know what's happening in your kids' school is to learn what happened in Meadow's.
About the Author: Andrew Pollack was an entrepreneur and businessman with experience in scrap metal, real estate, and property management. He now dedicates his life to making school safe again, founding a non-profit Americans for Children's Lives and School Safety (CLASS) and making sure that the families of victims get answers and justice.