A new report released by Paul Sperry has revealed that Nikolas Cruz, who killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL., was able to escape through the cracks of multiple red flags being waved on his behavior due to an Obama administration policy.
This certain legislation was enacted to prevent arrests of troubled students. According to Sperry:
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.”
The Obama policy was an effort to prevent students of color from going to jail for crimes committed on campus, and Broward County schools rewrote their disciplinary policies in 2013. It made it next to impossible for administrators to suspend, expel, or arrest students due to behavioral problems; even those of criminal activity.
Broward school Superintendent Robert W. Runcie – a Chicagoan and Harvard graduate with close ties to President Obama and his Education Department – signed an agreement with the county sheriff and other local jurisdictions to trade cops for counseling. Students charged with various misdemeanors, including assault, would now be disciplined through participation in “healing circles,” obstacle courses and other “self-esteem building” exercises. Asserting that minority students, in particular, were treated unfairly by traditional approaches to school discipline, Runcie’s goal was to slash arrests and ensure that students, no matter how delinquent, graduated without criminal records.
Ironically enough, a huge advocate for this program was Sheriff Scott Israel; the very sheriff at the center of the Parkland high school shootings, because his deputies failed to engage the shooter while on campus.
The sheriff allegedly signed a contract which eliminated 13 crimes schools were no longer allowed to report to the police. Sperry’s report continues:
In just a few years, ethnically diverse Broward went from leading the state of Florida in student arrests to boasting one of its lowest school-related incarceration rates. Out-of-school suspensions and expulsions also plummeted. … The core of the approach is a program called PROMISE (Preventing Recidivism through Opportunities, Mentoring, Interventions, Support & Education), which substitutes counseling for criminal detention for students who break the law.
PROMISE is a program that has partnered with the Sheriff’s Office. All of Nikolas Cruz’s reported offenses at school — which included threats, stalking, physical bodily harm, and the selling of weapons — were never recorded.
That meant his record was cleared to buy weapons and police could not connect current complaints with a past arrest record.
Ignoring criminal behavior may make the numbers look good on paper, but it comes back to harm the community with people Nikolas Cruz.