Author Archive

Still Fumbling The Ball On Known Threats *Open Thread*

March 22, 2018

The fallout continues from the Parkland Shooting event regarding the Sheriff’s Office and their response, or lack thereof, during the shooting. Now we know that the Deputy who stayed outside during the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was also mentioned in regard to a possible involuntary commitment of the shooter before he became the shooter. But we also know that didn’t happen, as the 17 dead clearly demonstrate.

But this time, it wasn’t as a result of inaction on the part of the deputy himself, but the result of a disastrous Federal policy the Broward County School District had signed on to during the Obama years. Here’s more from The Federalist:

Last week, Paul Sperry of RealClearInvestigations reported that Broward County School District, the country’s sixth largest, “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 goal of the policy was to reduce the “school-to-prison pipeline” by making it more difficult for school officials to suspend or expel problem students, and to make it harder for local police to arrest them for certain crimes—some of which the 19-year-old shooter allegedly committed before his February 14 rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. According to Sperry, the strategy came straight out of Washington:

The new policy resulted from an Obama administration effort begun in 2011 to keep students in school and improve racial outcomes (timeline here), and came against a backdrop of other efforts to rein in perceived excesses in ‘zero tolerance’ discipline policies, including in Florida.

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. Students charged with various misdemeanors, including assault, would now be disciplined through participation in ‘healing circles,’ obstacle courses and other ‘self-esteem building’ exercises.

Why would Broward County and other major school districts adopt such a policy? Because the federal government was paying them for it. “Applications for federal grants reveal that Runcie’s plan factored into approval of tens of millions of dollars in federal funding from [Education Secretary Arne] Duncan’s department,” writes Sperry. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

The connections to Obama and his Education Department are telling indeed, are they not? As is the fact that this district got a ton of money as a result of enacting this program.

This doesn’t completely excuse the Broward County Sheriff’s Department in  my mind. Having an active shooter in the school surely takes precedence over a policy meant to give students alternative pathways.

The Broward County Sheriff’s Department seems to have issues, from the lack of action of its deputies then to the deputy found asleep in his car recent at the same high school. From IJR:

A Broward County sheriff’s deputy has been suspended indefinitely after he was allegedly caught sleeping in his patrol car outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, roughly one month after a gunman opened fire and killed 17 people.

However, the deputy, Moises Carotti, will continue to get paid pending the results of an internal affairs investigation, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office.

But wait – there’s more to this story, and it ain’t good:

Approximately 30 minutes before the deputy was caught sleeping, other officers arrested the confessed Parkland shooter’s brother, Zachary Cruz, for trespassing on school property. One lingering question has been how on Earth Cruz made it past security in the first place. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

The incompetence and fumbling seems to be systemic there, and not just an isolated incident.

But it isn’t just the Broward County Sheriff’s Department that has been fumbling along. As I have noted before, the FBI fumbled quite a bit on another story in Florida that is being ignored.

This one also deals with a teenager. This one identified himself with ISIS. That alone should have spurred more action, but it didn’t. Why? Because of a similar mindset to the Broward County School District. Yeah. It didn’t work this time, either. From Michelle Malkin at Townhall:

There will be no CNN town halls or student walkouts over the lost life and preventable tragedy, because there are no guns to blame. Only dropped balls.

As the exploiters of crisis know full well, bureaucratic screw-ups don’t make good fodder for partisan fundraisers and hipster T-shirts.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed by the Palm Beach County police, 17-year-old Corey Johnson bought a knife last Sunday and brought it with him to a sleepover at longtime friend Kyle Bancroft’s house. At 4 a.m., he decided to kill Kyle’s mother, Elaine, his brother, Dane, and Dane’s friend, Jovanni Sierra Brand.

I will spare you the gruesome details, but you can read them at the article. Suffice it to say, “gruesome” barely covers it. The acts of this young man are beyond appalling.

But not unexpected, as Malkin continues:

Johnson’s brutal attack was no bolt out of the blue, no unexpected incidence of sudden jihad syndrome. Local school officials and police in Palm Beach County, along with federal and international law enforcement authorities, had encountered more red flags in their years of dealing with Johnson than at a Communist May Day parade in Havana.

In middle school, Johnson had reportedly stalked a student and sexually harassed her. She told school police. Nothing happened. He dabbled in white supremacy, anti-Semitism and gay-bashing, and then immersed himself in radical Islam — rising at 5 a.m. daily to pray and revere the Syrian flag. Johnson’s online jihad agitation, physical abuse and addiction to ISIS beheading videos prompted his sister in 2016 to confide in a school therapist, who contacted the local sheriff’s office.

Johnson’s mom, the sister told school officials, was in denial. The sister so feared for her life she slept with a knife under her bed.

There was more, and the FBI became involved after a very credible threat made by this ISIS jihadist against a Catholic school in England, among other threats made:

One of the messages threatened: “By Allah, we will kill every single Infidel student at this school.” Johnson told FBI agents he “was supportive of known terrorist Anwar al Awlaki” — the spiritual patron of lone-wolf jihadists.

The FBI’s plan of action? Inaction. The agency watched and waited and wanly admonished Johnson to knock it off because authorities “believed a redirection approach would be the most beneficial regarding his conduct.”

“Redirection” is akin to the alternative social justice strategies school officials and police used in Parkland, Florida, before 17 innocent students and teachers died at the hands of teen shooter who was a walking neon sign for a mental health catastrophe. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Uh, yeah. Oh, sure, there were claims action would be taken against this menace last Summer. Clearly, that never happened.

Yes, there are hardworking men and women in the FBI, but there are also too many missed signs, especially when it comes to Islamic jihadists. Johnson was not the first the FBI missed. It begs the question: WHY??

What are your thoughts on this? Other issues? This is an Open Thread.