Question you need to consider: if you have no school choice and have to send your children to public school, whose responsibility is it to protect your children? This Florida judge ruled it’s not the job of either the police or the school to protect students. She dismissed a suit filed by students of Stoneman Douglas who survived the shooting and felt, how shall we say, like ducks sitting in a shooting range.
Turn off your heart monitor, you’re about tho hit your anger limits.
U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom dismissed a suit filed by 15 students who claimed they were traumatized by the crisis in February. The suit named six defendants, including the Broward school district and the Broward Sheriff’s Office, as well as school deputy Scot Peterson and campus monitor Andrew Medina.
Bloom ruled that the two agencies had no constitutional duty to protect students who were not in custody.
Get this: because the students were not prisoners or mental wards of the state, the police had no duty to protect the students. Which begs the question: if the Sheriff department had no constitutional duty to protect the students, who does?
“The claim arises from the actions of [shooter], a third party, and not a state actor,” she wrote in a ruling Dec. 12. “Thus, the critical question the Court analyzes is whether defendants had a constitutional duty to protect plaintiffs from the actions of [shooter].
“As previously stated, for such a duty to exist on the part of defendants, plaintiffs would have to be considered to be in custody” — for example, as prisoners or patients of a mental hospital, she wrote.
Though I remember joking high school was much like a prison, what this judge said is because the Broward county school children were not prisoners or mental patients, police didn’t have to protect them.
Yes, I know I restated that sentiment from the paragraph above. But this is a salient point. We’re always hearing about how wonderful the public school system is. We’re always hearing how we need government for roads and bridges… and police. But if the police haven’t a duty to protect your kids at a public school, how should we protect the kids? I thought “children were our future” and our most precious assets. I guess not to local police or the schools, though. Related: Watch What the Broward School Board Does to Survivor Who Questions Them.
Prisoners get defended by cops. Your kids don’t. Told you to turn off your heart monitor.
Also, you guys want to talk about how important the Second Amendment and the general right to self-defense is, considering cops haven’t a duty to actually be cops? Read Thanks Second Amendment! Convenience Store Clerk Drops Armed Robber.
Bloom’s ruling contrasts with the action of a Broward County judge last week.
In that case, Peterson’s lawyer sought to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the family of Meadow Pollack, one of 17 people killed in the shooting. Broward Circuit Judge Patti Englander Henning rejected his argument that Peterson had “no legal duty” to protect the students and faculty.
So we’ll see what finally happens with rulings. But if ever there was a case for private schools, with private security, with the option to send your children to that school without having to pay for the school which refuses to protect your kids… well, this is it. Watch EXPOSED: The Real Reasons Democrats Are Fighting School Choice and Charter Schools.
Now please spare us all the praise for all things local government and public school. At least for today.