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March 01, 2018

Obama Administration's Leniency Policy for Crimes Committed at School Paved Easy Road for Parkland Shooter

Thanks, Obama! -- for real.

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 didnít go off when they looked him up in the [NCIS] 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."

Disclosures about the strategy add a central new element to the Parkland shooting story: It's not just one of official failings at many levels and of America's deep divide over guns, but also one of deliberate federal policy gone awry.


In 2013, the year before Cruz entered high school, the Broward County school system scrapped and rewrote its discipline policy to make it much more difficult for administrators to suspend or expel problem students, or for campus police to arrest them for misdemeanors-- including some of the crimes Cruz allegedly committed in the years and months leading up to the deadly Feb. 14 shooting at his Fort Lauderdale-area school.


To keep students in school and improve racial outcomes, 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. Instead of the criminal justice system, students charged with various misdemeanors, including assault, were referred to counseling, which included 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.

Instead of having a police record, he left school with a bodycount of 17 innocent people.

Well-played, all. Make sure you all give each other big fat bonuses.

Credit Where Credit Is Due: I believe The Conservative Tree-House was writing about this several days ago.


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