The father whose daughter was killed in the Parkland, Fla., school shootings in February is calling out incoming House leader Nancy Pelosi over her efforts to fight Trump administration recommendations to make students and teachers safer.
Andrew Pollack’s daughter, Meadow, was killed in the Feb. 14 shooting, but in the months since, little progress has been made in terms of implementing a series of recommendations by the Trump administration and others to substantially increase security at the Majory Stoneman Douglas High School where his daughter attended and others around the country.
One of the recommendations is to roll back an Obama-era rule that allowed students who were violent or prone to commit acts of violence slip through the cracks, which POTUS Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos have done.
Another recommendation was to add additional armed personnel on campus, particularly veterans and/or police. Meanwhile, POTUS Trump himself continued to push for armed teachers, as he has done since the day after the horrific attack.
But instead of seeing the recommendations as designed to improve safety for all students regardless of creed or color, Pelosi is turning them into a “civil rights” issue.
IJR reports that Pelosi responded by describing the report as an attempt “to roll back students’ civil rights and fill our classrooms with deadly firearms.”
“Not only are Republicans ignoring proven research and dismantling vital student anti-discrimination protections, they have blocked commonsense gun violence prevention measures and underfunded effective school climate practices, anti-bullying initiatives, after-school programs and school counselor supports,” she added.
None of that is true, mind you, and Pollack called Pelosi out for her rank dishonesty.
“When 17 people get murdered in school, politicians have 2 choices: find out why and #fixit or weaponize it for their own agendas and wait to do it all over again next time. @realdonaldtrump took the high route. You dishonor Parkland’s legacy and endanger other kids for retweets,” he wrote on Twitter in response to Pelosi.
And for the record, a Parkland commission even recently recommended arming teachers — a concept the NRA has backed for years.
Yes, that NRA.
The Associated Press reported that the commission recommended allowing “teachers who volunteer and undergo extensive background checks and training…to carry concealed guns on campus to stop future shootings.”
The commission’s 13-1 vote comes after Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, lead investigator on the commission, announced that he wanted to see teachers armed in Florida.
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