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    Report: Parkland School Admin Ignored Warnings Of Vulnerability To School Shooting

    Report: Parkland School Admin Ignored Warnings Of Vulnerability To School Shooting

    Two security monitors banned from school for failures reported in media

    We’ve been covering the Parkland shooting here at LI, and it doesn’t look good for either the school itself or the Broward Country Sheriff’s office.

    Adding to the controversy, a retired Secret Service agent has come forward to report that he told Stoneman Douglas High School administrators that the school was vulnerable to a school shooting.

    This was two months prior to the Parkland shooting, and the school admin did next to nothing.

    The Sun-Sentinel reports:

    Two months before the massacre at Stoneman Douglas High School, a retired Secret Service agent warned administrators that the school could be vulnerable to a gunman.

    Gates were unlocked. Students did not wear identification badges. A fire alarm could send students streaming into the halls. Active-shooter drills were inadequate, he said.

    The retired agent, Steve Wexler, said he made his point by strolling through the school with Post-it notes, attaching them to places his bullets or knife would land if he were an intruder. No one stopped him, he said.

    In an interview with the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Wexler said he was invited to analyze the school’s security and presented his recommendations to four staff members.

    “I said, ‘This stuff is blatantly obvious. You’ve got to fix this,’” Wexler said.

    Demonstrating the school’s vulnerability to a shooter, Wexler strolled around Stoneham affixing Post-its to faculty and staff to indicate the ease with which they would become victims.

    The Sun-Sentinel continues:

    . . . .  Wexler said he sat down with Reed, the assistant principal; Porter; School Security Specialist Kelvin Greenleaf; and Sandra Davis, the social studies teacher who had made the call inviting him on campus.

    For the next hour and a half, he said, he laid out what he perceived to be security recommendations and pointing out weaknesses, his notes scribbled on yellow sheets of a legal pad.

    . . . .  Wexler said he is aggravated that administrators ignored or minimized most of his recommendations. “Where on the food chain did that information die?” he asked.

    He said he knows of only one suggestion that was implemented before the shooting — campus security staff began to patrol the front parking lot.

    Greenleaf and Davis could not be reached for comment about the meeting in December. Reed and Porter said they would not comment.

    Watch the report:

    This news comes just days after the revelation that two Parkland security monitors have been banned from the campus. One warned of Cruz’s presence on campus and then drove away when the shooting started and another hid in a janitor’s closet.

    K5 News reports:

    A Marjory Stoneman Douglas coach who saw Nikolas Cruz step onto campus before the Valentine’s Day shooting and another coach who hid in a closet that day have been barred from the Parkland, Fla., school. The men served as unarmed security monitors for the school.

    Andrew Medina, a baseball coach, saw Cruz arrive on campus Feb. 14 wearing a backpack and carrying a duffel bag, South Florida Sun Sentinel reported last week. He told detectives he watched Cruz head to the building where 17 people would be killed moments later at the school.

    “I’m telling you I knew who the kid was,” Medina told investigators. “Because we had a meeting about him last year and we said, ‘If there’s gonna be anybody who’s gonna come to this school and shoot this school up, it’s gonna be that kid.’”

    Medina radioed another coach and security monitor, David Taylor, about Cruz, saying “keep your eyes open.” When Taylor heard gunfire, he hid in a janitor’s closet.

    Nadine Drew, spokesperson for Broward County Public Schools, told USA TODAY that Medina and Taylor “have received administrative reassignments away from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School until further notice,” because of “information that has recently appeared in the media.”

    Watch the report:


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    Paul Bahlin | June 11, 2018 at 8:40 am

    Nothing happens with politicians absent an identifiable constituency for action. So if you have a multifaceted solution to some Gordian knot it’s a none starter. There are no votes for locked gates, armed security, student badges. NRA, scary guns, meaningless background checks, etc., come out of the gate with easy pluralities.

    Paul Bahlin | June 11, 2018 at 8:49 am

    I taught in middle school for a bit. I’ll never forget the time we had a fire in a freight elevator shaft. Really just a smoking electrical panel.

    It was 10 below zero with a howling wind. The entire school emptied onto the grounds. To keep the kids warm each class huddled, like penguins. We huddled and jumped in place for over 30 minutes with no coats. Nobody had the stones to go against policy and make the decision that they were safer inside than out.

    With every school shooting I’m reminded how dumb this was and what great targets we made. Brain dead policies eradicate independent, sensible, action

      TX-rifraph in reply to Paul Bahlin. | June 11, 2018 at 10:17 am

      “Nobody had the stones to go against policy and make the decision that they were safer inside than out.”

      You may find Stanley Milgram’s research interesting if you are not already familiar with it.

      It is scary how many people accept “authority” when it does not make sense (see Milgram). How many stayed outside at Parkland because that moron who was “in charge” told them to stay out?

      I am not criticizing you. I am trying to build on what you described. I lived up north and I could feel the cold you are talking about as I read. If you had acting logically, you would have been punished — I guess as a counter-revolutionary.

        CKYoung in reply to TX-rifraph. | June 11, 2018 at 9:36 pm

        Those follow on deputies knew active shooter protocols, but deputy peterson effectively paralyzed them with his radio traffic and verbal commands. The paramedics wanted to enter but were also paralyzed by peterson. The Coral Springs officers weren’t contaminated by these initial commands, therefore weren’t subject to the groupthink gripping broward county deputies.

    A couple of things here.

    First is securing the school facility. Do not think for a single second that the School system and the School Board did not make a conscious decision NOT to harden schools in Broward County. The School Board system has done more than one study on school security, following school shootings, over the years. The school system KNEW the vulnerabilities of these schools. They made a conscious decision NOT to spend the money necessary to secure the school. It is largely a combination of the fact that statistically school shooting incidents are extremely low and a “it won’t happen here” delusional mentality. Of course, when it does happen here, well then everyone is in CYA mode.

    Second, the security monitors are just that, security monitors. They are unarmed teachers whose job it is to notify the office of any security concern. When the monitor who spotted Cruz called the other monitor on his radio, this should have been picked up by the office and the School Resource Officer [Dep. Peterson] who also have radios. Not confronting or attempting to stop Cruz might not be heroic, but taking action was not part of the monitors’ job.

    Well, I guess that schools are in summer recess, at the moment. I wonder if we will see any meaningful security enhancements in the fall.

    paracelsus | June 12, 2018 at 1:30 am

    Hey, where’s Hogg in all this?
    cuttin’ class as usual.

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