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Parkland Tragedy EXPOSED: How "See Something, Say Something" Failed to Stop Nikolas Cruz
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"The Parkland school shooting was the most avoidable mass murder in American history, and the policies that made it inevitable are being forced into public schools across America."
That's the argument of author and researcher Max Eden, who makes his case in an explosive new book, "Why Meadow Died: The People and Policies That Created The Parkland Shooter and Endanger America's Students."
Eden revealed in an interview Monday with the Chicks on the Right that Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz had been identified to school administrators as a known threat on multiple occasions prior to the massacre that claimed 17 innocent lives in February of 2018.
According to Eden, several students came forward in the wake of the tragedy who claimed that Cruz had been reported for bringing weapons to school and making terroristic threats involving rape and murder; however, no disciplinary action was taken against him.
"So [Cruz] seems to have committed all these crimes in a school [and] in a school district that became nationally famous for aggressively lowering arrests," Eden told the Chicks on the Right. "I wonder if this policy had something to do with why he wasn't arrested?"
Disturbingly, Eden claimed the "two pressures" that led to the Parkland tragedy are present in multiple school districts across the country.
"One is the pressure to include students with disabilities," explained Eden, "which is one thing if that's a student who is dyslexic or deaf or physically impaired, [but] it's quite another thing when the student is diagnosed with an emotional and behavioral disturbance."
Eden continued: "Along with that is this pressure to fight the so-called 'School to Prison' pipeline by lowering suspensions, lowering expulsions, [and] lowering arrests. So you have a recipe for schools to put dangerous kids into normal classrooms and systematically cover-up his misbehavior."
Eden revealed that Cruz had an extensive disciplinary record from middle school, yet his high school disciplinary record was practically non-existent.
"In [Cruz's] first full semester at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, he was only disciplined one time," said Eden, "and what was different about that day was that his normal assistant principal was off-campus."
Eden said a combination of ideology and bureaucratic incentives in school districts across the country could potentially fuel future tragedies with circumstances similar to what occurred in Parkland, Florida.
"The ideology behind it is [that] these social justice bureaucrats like the school superintendent look at the statistics and see that there are these disparities," explained Eden. "African America students are disciplined more frequently, students with disabilities are disciplined more frequently, and the assumption becomes that this is the teachers' fault."
The result, according to Eden, is that the district attempts to correct that disparity by removing the teachers' ability to exercise judgment, as well as by failing to take disciplinary action against problem students who fall into specific categories.
Other schools, however, fail to take disciplinary action because they are compelled under a government mandate to look the other way.
For example, Eden said the Obama administration actually looked at what was happening in Broward Country and concluded that a more lenient approach to taking disciplinary action against minorities was an effective means of lowering arrests. As a result, the administration issued a letter to school districts across the country stating that if they failed to get their numbers down, they would be investigated and lose their Federal funding.
According to Eden, an overly ideological government is attempting to fight bias and discrimination by preventing teachers from doing what is necessary to manage their classroom.
Click the link below to hear Mock and Daisy's full interview with Max Eden, author of "Why Meadow Died: The People and Policies That Created The Parkland Shooter and Endanger America's Students."