Did the Progressive ‘Broward County Solution’ Cost 17 Student Lives?


American Thinker: “We’re not compromising school safety.  We’re really saving the lives of kids,” boasted Michaelle Valbrun-Pope, executive director of Student Support Initiatives for Broward County Public Schools, in August 2017.

Valbrun-Pope was referring to what an article by Jeffrey Benzing in Public Source calls the “Broward County Solution.”  As Benzing relates, Broward County used to lead the state of Florida in sending students to the state’s juvenile justice system.  County leaders responded with a perfectly progressive solution: “lower arrests by not making arrests.”

Authorities agreed to treat twelve different misdemeanor offenses as school-related issues, not criminal ones.  The results impressed the people who initiated the program.  Arrests dropped from more than a thousand in 2011-2012 to less than four hundred just four years later. more …

Opinion: ‘See something, say something’- didn’t work

  • The FBI dropped the ball – twice
  • Local law enforcement ignored over 39 emergency calls
  • Local psychologist determined Cruz to be minimum threat

From the article:

One particular motivation behind programs like Broward County’s was the pressure from multiple sources to reduce the statistical disparity between black and Hispanic student arrests on one hand and white and Asian student arrests on the other.  Benzing writes, for instance, how a Denver organization called “Padres & Jóvenes Unidos” successfully advocated for a program like Broward’s to help achieve “racial and education equity” in Denver schools.

By virtue of his name alone, Nikolas de Jesús Cruz, the adopted son of Lynda and Roger Cruz, became a statistical Hispanic. 

So now the only answer from the liberal progressive mindset is to confiscate guns, and tear up the 2nd amendment.

  • Pay no attention to the 66% of fatherless households
  • Pay no attention to the lack of mental health facilities
  • Pay no attention to 1 in 6 Americans that take psychiatric drugs
  • Pay no attention to 98% of school shootings happen in gun free zones
  • Pay no attention to states with the toughest gun laws have the highest murder rates
  • Pay no attention to the gun laws being proposed would not have stopped this massacre

The Supreme Court took the Bible out of schools in 1962 and the Lord’s Prayer in 1963, and we need to pay attention to that.

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  1. Well spoken, author! Sadly, you’ve hit several nails on the head.

    1) A broader newer definition of “stupidity.” Make less arrests so our stats look better!

    2) Advertise gun free zones! Let the fox know that the hen house has no protection then we’re gun free, right? This is actually part of number 1) i.e. stupidity.

    3) Down play crazy behavior, internet videos, and numerous threats as “no big deal!” Actually, this is also part of number 1) – stupidity.

    4) Not blaming the real source of the tragedy – human actions or inactions (FBI) – by blaming a inanimate object the gun. If the gun did not exist, these mentally deranged persons would find other ways of committing atrocities.

    5) Bottom line. Your concluding statement has great import to this situation – taking God out of our schools, country, and our life. I would have to say that all 5 of these fall under the general umbrella of human stupidity – maybe better described as “fallen man.”

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