I won’t sugarcoat this. Democrats have shown recently that they’re soft on crime, including mass murderers. Thanks to Ed Morrissey’s post and Paul Sperry’s reporting, we’re finally getting a view of why Nikolas Cruz wasn’t flagged.
Simply put, the Obama administration’s Department of Education essentially ordered schools to stop reporting crimes or risk getting federal funding pulled. Let’s remember that then-Attorney General Eric Holder went on a crusade against mass incarcerations. (I’ll return to this in a bit.)
According to Sperry’s reporting, the “responsibility falls on the Obama administration’s Department of Education, which attempted to disconnect punishment from crimes committed by students.” Further. “In 2013, the school district in Broward County rewrote its disciplinary procedures to avoid referrals to law enforcement. Current superintendent Robert Runcie developed the program, and the Department of Education not only endorsed it but made it part of their own policies.”
It goes further:
In January 2014, Duncan’s department issued new discipline guidelines strongly recommending that schools use law enforcement measures and out-of-school suspensions as a last resort. Announced jointly by Duncan and then-Attorney General Eric Holder, the new procedures came as more than friendly guidance from Uncle Sam – they also came with threats of federal investigations and defunding for districts that refused to fully comply.
Broward County was a willing participant:
No district has taken this new approach further than Broward County. 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. According to the district website, the program is “designed to address the unique needs of students who have committed a behavioral infraction that would normally lead to a juvenile delinquency arrest and, therefore, entry into the juvenile justice system.”
In other words, the new disciplinary system implemented at Holder’s insistence is minimal, almost non-existent discipline based on … who knows what?
We’ve got another school shooting but at least we don’t have increased recidivism. I can’t imagine how relieved those parents in Broward County are to hear that.
Additional literature reveals that students referred to PROMISE for in-school misdemeanors – including assault, theft, vandalism, underage drinking and drug use – receive a controversial alternative punishment known as restorative justice.
“Rather than focusing on punishment, restorative justice seeks to repair the harm done,” the district explains. Indeed, it isn’t really punishment at all. It’s more like therapy. Delinquents gather in “healing circles” with counselors, and sometimes even the victims of their crime, and talk about their feelings and “root causes” of their anger.
What type of stupidity is this? Holder and Broward County superintendent Robert Runcie should be named as defendants in the parents’ wrongful death lawsuit. This should never have happened. Think of the list of crimes that are overlooked by PROMISE: assault, theft, vandalism, underage drinking and drug use. Which of those crimes sounds like a touchy-feely type of crime.
To the liberals and the shit-for-brains libertarians that think we should look past these things, I have a simple message. Tell that to the parents of those that died on Valentines Day inside Marjory Stoneman-Douglas HS.
Then there’s Holder’s foolish campaign against mass incarceration. In Medellin, Columbia, Holder said this:
The path we are currently on is far from sustainable. As we speak, roughly one out of every 100 American adults is behind bars. Although the United States comprises just five percent of the world’s population, we incarcerate almost a quarter of the world’s prisoners. While few would dispute the fact that incarceration has a role to play in any comprehensive public safety strategy, it’s become evident that such widespread incarceration is both inadvisable and unsustainable. It requires that we routinely spend billions of dollars on prison construction—and tens of billions more, on an annual basis, to house those who are convicted of crimes. It carries both human and moral costs that are too much to bear. And it results in far too many Americans serving too much time in too many prisons—and beyond the point of serving any good law enforcement reason.
Mr. Holder, I triple-dog dare you to give that speech to the parents of the students who will never see their kids again. Mr. Holder and Sheriff Israel had the ability to prevent this mass shooting. Instead, they did nothing.
Sheriff Israel should be terminated ASAP and stripped of his pension, if that’s possible. The harm he’s done is immense and irreparable. Holder should never be allowed to be part of an administration ever again. Between this mass shooting and the deaths from Fast and Furious, he’s had a hand in too much killing of innocents.
Again, the government screwed up multiple times but Democrat politicians insist that the remedy for governmental incompetence is impinging on our constitutional rights. It isn’t surprising that people think politicians are stupid.