Did you ever hear of the “Broward County Solution”?
If not, you should read this fascinating, and troubling, take on how it enabled nikolas cruz to stay in school, then eventually be suspended but not arrested, before coming back and committing the mass murderers which have shocked and horrified us all.
Excerpted from Jack Cashill’s article at americanthinker.com:
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.
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. As such, authorities at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland had every reason not to report his troubling and likely criminal behavior to the police.
I can’t say I fully agree with Jack Cashill’s analysis. But I can say that I consider policies such as the so-called “Broward County Solution” to be terrible – a prescription for making schools less safe, less able to teach children who want to learn – and that Mr. Cashill’s analysis is very well worth considering.
In any event, there is the excerpt and there is the link to his entire article. You be the judge.