In a follow-up to my last Thursday’s post Parkland links to Trayvon Martin, I bring you today Jack Cashill, prolific investigative author and American Thinker reporter par excellence, who digs deep into his own investigation into the troubled Broward County Public School System, while revealing his co-operation with ‘Sundance’ of The Conservative Treehouse. In the honest opinion of yours truly, two of the best (if not THE finest) true ‘citizen blogger-journalists’ (and in the case of Cashill, ‘author’) in the nation.
Schools, and the people designated to operate them, are supposed to prepare kids to function in society, yet we have two who were so totally failed by the system that they are dead; one physically, the other mentally. Arguably, they both would have been better off in lock-up listening to someone telling them what they did wrong, rather than getting a pat on the head and being sent on their way without recourse. Of such runs the course of a corrupt and disingenuous Broward County School Board, and those they allowed to slay the system responsible for the lives of 17 students.
Corruption at every level from the school administration to the sheriffs to the FBI and ultimately to the Obama White House as well.
Criminal activity by these students was reaching epic proportions. The gangs had infiltrated them, and they knew that the kids couldn’t get in trouble. The school’s Close Circuit camera system even had a thirty minute delay to allow video evidence of their crimes to be destroyed.
If you will, both Martin and Cruz in the end were still floundering on the classroom-to-prison pipeline, and no doubt, Cruz at least will be in there for life; whatever ‘life’ means under those circumstances. Trayvon Martin on the other hand will forever live in infamy with “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon”…. Put it up there with “The Cambridge Police acted stupidly” and you’ve just described the extent of the Obama presidency….
As a lead-in to Jack Cashill, sit back and settle in to CNNs Jake Tapper of all people, actually doing his job as a hard-edged interviewer with the Broward County Sheriff which sets the tone for the Cashill piece … And PS .. Should you get the impression that this guy (ie the Sheriff, not Tapper, who does a great job) is full of BS, I’m right there with you (all due diligence aside) … Let the sparks fly(!)
OK, so following that let’s get you into the opener from Jack Cashill … “Incompetence Wasn’t the Problem in Broward County”…
No one who follows the blogging collective known as the “Conservative Treehouse” will dispute my claim that its most prominent blogger, “Sundance” by name, is America’s best reporter. I got to know Sundance doing research for my book on the Trayvon Martin shooting, If I Had a Son. So instrumental was the research of Sundance and his colleagues that I made the “Treepers” the protagonists of the book.
Sundance’s research into the political dynamics of Martin’s Miami-Dade school system led him to expand his research into neighboring Broward County years before the Parkland shooting. We communicated the day after that shooting. We had a shared sense of what had gone wrong. I detailed some of this last week in an article on what one public interest magazine called the “Broward County solution.” In Broward County, they call it more modestly the “PROMISE Program.”
In November 2013, Sundance first reported that Broward County was “willing to jump on the diversionary bandwagon.” As an attached Associated Press article noted, “One of the nation’s largest school districts has reached an agreement with law enforcement agencies and the NAACP to reduce the number of students being charged with crimes for minor offenses.” The goal, as the article explained, was to create an alternative to the zero-tolerance policies then in place by giving principals, not law enforcement, the authority to determine the nature of the offense.
In a collaborative agreement among school officials and law enforcement, the presence of the NAACP might seem anomalous, but not in the Obama era, where considerations of race routinely shaped educational policy. “One of the first things I saw was a huge differential in minority students, black male students in particular, in terms of suspensions and arrests,” Broward’s recently hired school superintendent, Robert Runcie, told the American Prospect. A black American, Runcie assumed that the differential was due largely to some unspoken institutional bias against minorities. As he saw it, these suspensions played a major role in the so-called “achievement gap” between white and minority students.
The spurious “same behavior” insinuation would put the onus on law enforcement to treat black students more gingerly than they would non-blacks. To make the issue seem less stark, authorities cloaked the black American crime disparity with EEOC boilerplate about “students of color” and other presumably marginalized individuals. Although nonsensical on the face of it – one is hard pressed to recall a crime spree by the disabled – this language opened the door for Nikolas de Jesus Cruz. An adopted son of the late Roger and Linda Cruz, the future school shooter had a name that fit the “metrics” of the collaborative agreement, regardless of his DNA.
It is not hard to understand why Broward County officials would be eager to adopt this program. Miami-Dade had been receiving all kinds of honors for its efforts to shut down the dread “school-to-prison” pipeline. On February 15, 2012, Miami-Dade County Public Schools put out a press release citing a commendation the Miami-Dade Schools Police (M-DSPD) had recently received. The Department of Juvenile Justice had singled out Miami-Dade for “dramatically decreasing” school-related “delinquency.” Said M-DSPD Chief Charles Hurley, “Our mantra is education not incarceration.”
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‘Steelblue’ on the comments thread:
The failure of the social contract in America is stunning. The people are taxed for police services yet have no idea of the inside game. PROMISE, as it is called in Broward County, is efficiently ‘unpolicing’ the expectations of the citizenry. First, the ersatz Sheriff Israel has to be thrown over the side. He is a pension liability in a uniform with no clue how to lead a department or serve the people. The main concern appears to be to protect the record of the police and school. Extra grant money for good numbers. The miscreants are just along for the ride. That’s even worse. I submit that this child (Cruz) was not protected, especially from himself, but used.[end]
Tragic all around.
Images of Obama, the Clinton Cabal, Gyorgy Schwartz-Soros and their acolytes colluding together in one of Obama’s (five or six, I lose count?) mansions down a-ways from the White House, bring shudders of revulsion to anyone?
The truth is in the big picture.
Thank God for President Donald J. Trump – MAGA!