The Sun-Sentinel has published a detailed timeline of the Parkland school shooting last February. It’s titled “Unprepared and Overwhelmed“, which is a pretty good summation of the response by school and law enforcement authorities to the crisis. It makes terrifying reading for anyone who has kids at school today. If the authorities in Broward County screwed up so badly, are the authorities in your area likely to do better? How can you be sure?
Two bloggers have posted their responses to the report. I’m going to quote from both of them, and urge you to click over to the source to read the rest of their comments.
First, Greg Ellifritz, whom we’ve met in these pages several times before, pulls no punches.
When you read this, you will be absolutely sickened by the ineptitude displayed by both school staff and sheriff’s deputies.
The deputies’ conduct was inexcusable (and far worse than what was originally reported), but we can’t put everything on them.
School staff had five opportunities to call for a lockdown before any deputy was even contacted. Four staff “security monitors” with radios saw who they recognized as the “crazy boy” walking around school grounds with a rifle. One of those staff members saw the rifle-armed former student on two different occasions. None of these security monitors got on the radio to order a lockdown or to notify police.
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It’s clear from this article that the cops and the school staff will not effectively protect the children. Your kids are on their own. Do not expect other police agencies or schools to provide significantly better responses. I’ve trained a lot of schools and cops on active killer topics over the years. I would estimate that 95% of the police departments and school staff members I’ve dealt with would not respond any better than the folks described in this article.
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This was one of the worst responses to a school shooting that I have seen in my two decade police career. Readers, are you doing anything to ensure that your cops and schools don’t act the exact same way? It is only intense pressure from concerned citizens, constituents, and voters that will force government entities to improve their response plans and training.
There’s more at the link, including an analysis of some of the shooter’s actions and some of the errors made by authorities. Greg also provides a link to download the full 400-page final report on the shooting. It might be of professional interest to some readers.
Next, Gun Free Zone has a long and vituperative commentary.
I will warn you, take a blood thinner before you read this. I will not be held responsible for any heart attacks or strokes had from the following post.
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I swear, when Scot Peterson dies, I will personally carve “Chicken **** Coward” above his name on his headstone … a lying, feckless, ****less, yellow-bellied, chicken ****, ****ing coward, who tried to cover his own *** when asked about his cowardly bull****.
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Every one of these Deputies, as well as Sheriff Israel himself, should be charged as accessories to the murder of these 17 people. This isn’t just incompetence, they really helped Cruz kill so many so fast … How do you get so many people on one department who hear gun shots and decided to do nothing about it?
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Not one person who was responsible for this **** show has been fired, and several have been promoted.
The NRA was blamed, and anti-guns bills were passed into law.
The Democrat party still rules the roost in Broward County.
Nothing has changed and I doubt anything will.
The sardonic take away from all of this is, if you want to make yourself famous as a school shooter, just pick a place in unincorporated Broward County to do it, the BSO will make it easy for you.
Again, more at the link.
I won’t bother to add my own comments. The two bloggers cited above have already said all that’s necessary.