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Look Homeward, 'Change Agents' ^ | March 14, 2018 | Michelle Malkin

Posted on 03/14/2018 8:47:48 AM PDT by Kaslin

Here is my homework assignment for all the fist-clenching, gun control-demanding teenagers walking out of classrooms this week (and next week and next month) to protest school shootings:

Ask not what the rest of the country can do for your local school's safety; ask what your local school boards and superintendents have been failing to do for you.

Chances are, the adults closest to you -- those most directly responsible for your security -- have been shirking their primary duties, squandering scarce resources and deflecting blame.

Yes, it's glamorous and exciting to appear on "The Ellen Show," rub elbows with Eminem at the iHeartRadio Music Awards, pal around with Anderson Cooper, and soak up praise and donations from George Clooney and Oprah for shouting at the NRA, Republicans and President Trump.

Sure, it's fun to ditch your homework, parade around in "March For Our Lives" swag, and watch your Twitter mentions explode like SpaceX launches every time you indignantly accuse gun-owning moms of hating their own children.

It's lit like Bic to be the Democrats' new junior lobbyists, fundraisers and voter registration captains.

But when the media whirlwind dies down and the Everytown buses ship you back home, mundane realities will set in.

Negligence, incompetence and inattention to the core mission of education and ensuring students' safety don't just spring out of nowhere. They are not alien invaders descending upon your neighborhoods from thousands of miles of away to impose chaos and misery upon your erstwhile Edenic existence.

Take Broward County, Florida. The current superintendent, Robert Runcie, was hired to clean up encrusted corruption in the district and school board that dates back to the early 1990s and resulted in three statewide grand jury investigations in 1997, 2002 and 2011. That last report blasted "malefeasance, misfeasance, and nonfeasance" on the Democrat-dominated school board and within top management at the district. In fact, the grand jury concluded after probing waste, fraud and favor-trading in capital construction projects:

"The culture of misfeasance and malfeasance at the school district is so deeply ingrained, so longstanding and so severe that we believe (employees who blow the whistle) will either be subsumed into the existing culture or drummed out of the District as soon as current attention is diverted from the Board and District."

Indeed, one former building inspector who was fired in retaliation for warning about building code violations received a $45,000 settlement from the crooked school board. One board member was convicted on extortion, wire fraud and bribery charges involving school construction. Under Runcie, an $800 million renovation bond passed by voters in 2014 for school repairs on moldy, decaying buildings has been abjectly squandered; critics have alleged more bid-rigging, lax oversight and circumvention of graft reforms passed seven years ago.

The grand jury had issued a prophetic warning: "Bad habits and corrupt practices often return when the light of inquiry is turned off."

Five years later, the district was entangled in yet another fiscal scandal after the state auditor general determined the schools had misallocated $23 million in federal Title 1 funds for low-income students; had "failed to correct safety violations at some schools;" and "paid health insurance premiums for former employees who were ineligible and in some cases dead," according to the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel.

When public scrutiny is diverted to red herrings and politically expedient scapegoats, feckless educrats are all too happy to participate in accountability Kabuki theater. After the Parkland, Florida, shooting last month, Runcie immediately pounced: "If we really want to do something, spend money on adding more school resource officers and law enforcement."

What bunk. Continued profligacy is no violence prevention strategy. If school leaders can't exhibit basic fiscal discipline and stewardship, how can they be trusted to ensure classroom discipline and physical safety?

Is it any surprise that Runcie's social justice pandering to dismantle the "school to jailhouse pipeline" won him Obama administration accolades -- while endangering the lives of children used as political pawns?

The same set of corruptocrats who were in place while cronies rigged bids for personal gain stood by while book-cookers rigged crime statistics to appease racial bean counters.

There were no district-wide walkouts and nationwide protests when Broward County parents of special-needs students were laughed at during a school board meeting as they exposed how their children had been bullied, beaten and bitten by tormentors without consequences in 2016. Nor was there a massive uproar last fall when the district acknowledged a whopping 480 incidents of alleged sexual harassment and abuse in its schools.

As a famous Chicago community organizer once quipped, "Change is hard." Selfies with gun control armbands is easy. Cleaning your own house, district and county is hard. Junkets to D.C. are easy. Digging through audits and public records is hard. Regurgitating Mad Libs-like talking points against the NRA and Second Amendment is easy.

Go back to class and look homeward, all you young "change agents." The faultiest faults are near, not far.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: banglist; broward; corruption; education; florida; malkin

1 posted on 03/14/2018 8:47:48 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Well, it’s been about a month since Feb 14; many more years since Columbine and Sandy Hook. If we can’t just make all the guns “disappear”, what have any of these schools done differently to enhance security since then? What’s the back up plan? Are the parents still just packing their kids up and sending them right back in without demanding any changes?

2 posted on 03/14/2018 8:53:51 AM PDT by Dr. Pritchett
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To: Kaslin

yeah... shout at all the folks who turned blind eyes to the shooter... cuckoo! cuckoo! cuckoo!

3 posted on 03/14/2018 8:56:29 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Tryin' hard to win the No-Bull Prize.)
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To: Kaslin

I always solicit constitutional advice from people who eat Tide pods and don’t know which bathroom to use.

4 posted on 03/14/2018 8:56:30 AM PDT by glock rocks (... so much win!)
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To: glock rocks

Well said. It’s spring break in the greater Houston area. I doubt many kids rolled out of bed to go out and protest.

5 posted on 03/14/2018 9:03:30 AM PDT by Jaded (Pope Francis? Not really a fan... miss the last guy who recognized how Islam spread... the
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To: Kaslin

And when liberals are finished with the little Hogg, no one will remember who he was after his 15 minutes.

6 posted on 03/14/2018 9:07:21 AM PDT by Sasparilla ( I'm Not Tired of Winning)
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To: Kaslin

Why the outcry? Because this happened in the uber wealthy white school. Those are the rich liberal Dems that contribute to political candidates. Everyone expects bad things to happen in the hood.

7 posted on 03/14/2018 9:12:06 AM PDT by TallahasseeConservative ( Isaiah 40:31)
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To: Kaslin

The KEEP OUR KIDS SAFE. School bunch need to demand all teachers fired next time a teacher seduces and boinks a student. Punish all for the action of one like their anti gun mantra.

8 posted on 03/14/2018 9:14:20 AM PDT by redcatcherb412 (Emerged intact.)
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To: Kaslin

I went to school just a few miles away from the Parkland school (which didn’t exist when I lived down there). Our school for my 10th grade year had 7 rapes. Not sexual assaults or harassments. People with weapons dragging girls behind the trailers and raping them. Flat out.

In my 9th grade year, the last day of school, I had missed a final and was walking upstairs to go to the class to make up the test. I got to the top of the stairwell and saw three big guys walking towards me. One of them happened to have jogging weights on his fists. He shattered my jaw on one side and broke it on the other with one shot. Had I not heard someone yell “Look out!” I wouldn’t have turned my head in time and he would have hit his target of my neck.

A few minutes later, on school property, he saw one of the band members and walked up to him, as he was trying to leave school after his exams, and shattered his spine. The victim never walked again.

He later went off to the local gas station near the school and murdered a little old man who had nothing to do with the school and dumped his body in a dumpster.

Broward Sherrif’s Office and the Deerfield Beach Police couldn’t find out what happened. The school covered it up and tried to suspend me for fighting. I showed up the next year, healthy, pissed off and armed. I told the principal on day one I was and since they failed to protect me, I would protect myself, and anyone who wanted to take my weapons off me could lose an arm or worse. And if they tried to retaliate, there were plenty of lawyers that would GLADLY take the case to bankrupt the Broward School Board. Strangely, enough, I was allowed to wander around the rest of the year protected and armed.

Broward County has ALWAYS had issues with violence on campus. Has ALWAYS failed to fix the issues.

I came back for a visit in 2006. Wandered around the campus for nearly 20 minutes, wandering into classrooms of my old teachers, saying hi, and catching up before someone FINALLY noticed an adult walked into the school without checking with the campus resource officers. I explained to them that I was testing them, and they failed. Talked to the new principal and told them that they HAD to do better as they have NEVER protected their students. I was given a pass to wander around and catch up with the rest of my old teachers, but left shortly after.

BSO and Broward School Board are hopelessly inept.

9 posted on 03/14/2018 11:14:41 AM PDT by spacewarp (FreeRepublic, Rush's show prep since foundation.)
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