• Grieving Father Says Obama Policies Contributed to Daughter’s Death

    Surge Summary: Andrew Pollack is a grieving father who is accusing Barack Obama of policies which he says led, in part, to the Parkland, Florida murder of his daughter and massacre of seventeen others.

    People handle their grief in different ways. This father is channeling his into holding accountable those he considers partially responsible for his loved one’s death.

    The Blaze’s Breck Dumas fills us in:

    Andrew Pollack, whose daughter, Meadow, was a victim of the Parkland, Florida, massacre that left 17 dead, is on a mission to make sure other parents are aware of what failed in Broward County so that future school tragedies might be prevented.

    The mourning dad has written a book spelling out the countless red flags school officials and law enforcement were handed regarding the deranged murderer who took the lives of so many innocent victims, including Meadow — and says policies implemented by President Barack Obama prevented the reporting of an abundance of evidence that could have been used to stop his daughter’s killer.

    Pollack is co-author of his book, “Why Meadow Died: The People and Policies That Created The Parkland Shooter and Endanger America’s Students,” In an excerpt published in the New York Post, the bereaved dad offers a disturbing account of records revealing the classroom behavior of Nikolas Cruz, the accused Parkland murderer.

    The piece provides an account of events which were either never reported to or dismissed by relevant authorities — even though they troubled Cruz’s teachers enough to report them in their notes. For instance: the future gunman’s psychiatrist recommended he not be admitted to JROTC because of concerns about “the safety of others/himself.” The result of that warning? He was nonetheless enrolled in the program; “literally” given “an air gun, shaped like an AR-15, and [allowed to] practice shooting.”

    On Wednesday, Pollack explained to Fox News host Tucker Carlson, a specific example of how policies implemented by the Obama administration contributed to Cruz slipping through the cracks.

    “Students were allowed four misdemeanors per school year without being introduced to the judicial system,” Pollack said. “And then, at the end of the year — if you can believe this, Tucker — so that was in the ninth grade, you had a kid next to your kid in the classroom, commits four misdemeanors, and then the next year in tenth grade, he resets at zero, again, and is allowed another four misdemeanors per school year.”

    Pollack conceded, “The left, they don’t want to hear my story. They want to blame the big, old, black, scary gun; but that didn’t happen in Broward.”

    RealClearInvestigations released a report earlier this year supplying ample evidence backing up Pollack’s claims, underscoring that policies set forth by President Obama and carried out by Broward school Superintendent Robert Runcie, who was a “Chicogoan and Harvard graduate with close ties to President Obama and his Education Department”, were “behind Cruz’s Florida rampage.”

    The RCI piece details how Broward was seen as an example of Obama’s mission to end the “school-to-prison pipeline,” implementing changes that assured “students charged with various misdemeanors, including assault, would now be disciplined through participation in ‘healing circles,’ obstacle courses and other ‘self-esteem building’ exercises” rather than being reported to authorities.

    A veteran FBI agent elaborates to RealClearInvestigations:

    “He [Cruz] had a clean record, so alarm bells didn’t go off when they looked him up in the system. He probably wouldn’t have been able to buy the murder weapon if the school had referred him to law enforcement.”

    Sometimes in the hub-bub of Washington, D.C. and busyness of life observers can forget: government policies have an on-the -ground impact; they affect the lives of real people. Occasionally, in a deadly way.

    Sadly, Meadow Pollack appears to have been one of them. Her father, too – and with a broken heart he’s reminding us of that. America needs some policies to change, so nobody else is touched by these wrong-headed measures in the hideous way this dad and daughter were.

    H/T: The Blaze’s Breck/Dumas

    Image: Adapted from: Christian Rowell – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.
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