The greatest facilitator of school violence of all kinds is, in fact, the federal and local school board policies.
Somehow, without the citizens’ knowledge or consent, school boards have negotiated their own form of policing. Many times when students break laws like making threats, fights, drug possession, or even carrying weapons it is at the discretion of the school, not the police, to determine how they will handle the student. In many cases, school resource officers or local police are not allowed to arrest, serve warrants, or confiscate drugs on a local campus. So my question is: when was the school board given the legal right to create selective policing? In 2014 a federal effort was launched that gave rise to this insanity! In Broward County, it is called PROMISE.
It seems the very people who are lecturing us about the need for stricter gun control are, in fact, the very culprits who have made it so easy for a young criminal to purchase a gun.
It seems as if some teachers, principals, school boards and city officials are conspirators in concealing crimes and hindering lawful investigation, for which they should be, at the very least, fired.
As one parent disclosed, “Our school resource officers are leaving and some are retiring because their hands are tied; they are not allowed to do anything. They’re not willing to risk their lives over the stupidity.” Students are beaten up and threatened, teachers are physically and verbally abused with little or no consequence; there is no authority, no accountability, and no meaningful correction or consequences… but most of all, there is no protection for the innocent.
In Huntsville City Schools, even if you get expelled, it may only be for a day or at the most a few weeks and then you can come back. The administration hides the threats from parents so their attendance won’t drop costing them federal dollars. Students recently saw a gun in the lunchroom; the principal sent out a school-wide email to every parent saying there was not an incident. But a number of students confided that they did see the gun. Our kids have been told that if they video the violence and share it that they will be punished.
When I listen to the students from Parkland and other schools, as well as the students from Huntsville City Schools, I have to ask, “Why are we even pretending that “see something, say something” is actually an option?
It is painfully obvious that the interpretation and enforcement of law is not about protecting our children but about how the event can be used for the benefit of a political agenda.
The first step to stopping violence in schools is to demand that your school board come clean about its policies!
Parents and citizens, take your schools back from the government!