Parkland Father Savages Broward County Schools After New Report
About a month ago, I said there has to be a point where Broward County runs out of things to have screwed up regards Parkland. Especially when those screw-ups culminated in the deaths of 17 kids. Spoke too soon. We've now learned the shooter was assigned to a controversial disciplinary program the county lied about him being a part of. If not lied, shared only a "partial truth."
Well slap me sideways and call me Tina, the truth is finally out there.
I was repeatedly told that the Parkland shooter was never in the Promise Program I was asking questions about. Now… https://t.co/HXWI9caZMB— Marco Rubio (@Marco Rubio) 1525696087.0
Here's a little information about the program "PROMISE."
The PROMISE program allows students who commit certain misdemeanors — there's an official list of 13 — at school to avoid getting involved with the criminal justice system. Instead, they attend the alternative school, where they receive counseling and other support.
PROMISE has come under scrutiny after 17 people died in the Feb. 14 shooting at Stoneman Douglas, in part because one of the injured survivors is planning a lawsuit that will argue the program led school leaders to demonstrate a lax attitude toward discipline.
Simply put, PROMISE is a way to avoid a longer rap sheet with authorities. It's a warning. A slap on the wrist. Traffic court for the never to be Prom King. A way to keep a criminal history silent for youngsters just getting a feel for the criminal world.
Broward school district officials admitted Sunday that the confessed Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School gunman was assigned to a controversial disciplinary program, after the superintendent repeatedly claimed Nikolas Cruz had "no connection" to the alternative punishment designed to limit on-campus arrests.
Two sources with knowledge of Cruz’s discipline records told WLRN he was referred to the so-called PROMISE Program for a three-day stint after committing vandalism at Westglades Middle School in 2013.
So Broward officials lied. Allegedly. The Parkland shooter was swept into PROMISE instead of dealt with properly.
There's doesn't appear to be evidence the program or the shooter's involvement in it led directly to the shooting. Other than it's just one more line item in a list of Broward County not knowing its ass from its elbow (see Broward County Schools Sitting on $100M for School Safety…Since 2014? and Counselors, Deputy Scot Peterson Wanted Parkland Shooter Institutionalized).
People want answers. Especially Ryan Petty. His daughter was one of the victims.
This is a stunning revelation & one that flies in the face of previous statements. That the District released it o… https://t.co/6KWnsg3GRy— Ryan Petty (@Ryan Petty) 1525667421.0
Conflicting discipline programs within the district have created deadly chaos for our children, teachers & staff.… https://t.co/SXrrScVpGf— Ryan Petty (@Ryan Petty) 1525667422.0
The definition of success for many of these programs created perverse incentives for school staff, administrators & law enforcement.— Ryan Petty (@Ryan Petty) 1525667422.0
The Broward County School Board has failed in its responsibility as an oversight body. It has forgotten its duty t… https://t.co/SZrpOKwwCI— Ryan Petty (@Ryan Petty) 1525667423.0
"Yeah, BUT MUH NRA!" - David Hogg, somewhere, probably.
There must be a limit to how badly Broward County FUBARed the Parkland shooting. I hope we’ve reached that limit today. I also hoped the attention to Kanye West had reached its peak over the weekend. And that HuffPo had said "LOL, just kidding!" to thinking fish sex was a legit thing. My hopeful record isn't a strong one.
That said, maybe Broward County has a few lawsuits on the horizon. Because shifting a guy like the Parkland shooter into a school program which looks like it's designed to keep bad kids from police attention, in hindsight wasn't as brilliant as Tofurky.