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Initial Comments on the Parkland School Attack Commission Draft Report

December 12, 2018

The safety review panel issued a draft report on the Parkland High School attack. The pdf is here->

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission Draft Findings and Recommendations

Here are my notes and preliminary comments-

Report highlights-

  • The attacker never pulled the fire alarm. Dust or smoke from the gunshots set off the fire alarm.
  • There was no working public address system in the building that was attacked. Teachers reacted to gunshots to shelter in place, or to the fire alarm and evacuated the building.
  • The attacker only shot people within his line of sight. He never entered a classroom.
  • School staff did not use the existing PA system because the call button was not in a protected (hard) corner.
  • The school staff never called a “code red” during the attack because they had never trained for an active shooter. There were no active shooter drills in the year preceding the attack.
  • The classroom walls were sheetrock and offered no ballistic protection. Students who were shot in the “hard” corners through the sheetrock walls were shot on accident rather than in a calculated and consistent manner. (In short, we were amazingly lucky!!)
  • Coral Springs 911 dispatchers could not directly contact the Broward County Sheriff’s office because Coral Springs was not responsible for law enforcement services at MDHS.
  • Police from different jurisdictions and fire/EMTs could not communicate with each other by radio. Requests to use non-standard communications networks were delayed or denied.
  • “..six people..stated that they brought concerns about (the attacker’s behavior), including discussions about (the attacker) being a “school shooter” to MSDS Assistant Principal..”

My Comments-

  • Law enforcement staff at all levels from Broward County retreated from the scene. Coral Springs LEOs moved toward the gunfire.
  • Free emergency alarm apps were available to LEO and school staff. Broward County Sheriff Israel demanded they be removed. (Verified by other sources and not in this report.)
  • Many of the deficiencies in procedure, training and equipment would have been uncovered by any sort of combined exercise with school staff, police and EMTs.
  • To quote the report- “Deputy Peterson responded to the area of building 12 within approximately 1 minute 39 seconds after the first shots were fired. Prior to his arrival 21 victims had already been shot, 9 of which were fatally wounded. This makes clear that seconds matter and that SRO’s cannot be relied upon as the only protection for schools. Even if there is a rapid response by an SRO, it is insufficient in and of itself to safeguard students and teachers.” Given that quote, the Commission Chairman, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, blinked. There is no mention of armed school staff without an additional 4+ weeks of training as required by the “School Guardian” program. School boards can veto and control the guardian program. Classroom teachers are excluded from the program. Gualtieri caved under political pressure.
  • The shooting portion of the event will be over by the time you set up a “coordinated command and control structure”. “Command” looks good on paper, but sargents get the work done.
  • Parts of the report are useful for reform. Other parts are political pork set up for bureaucratic profit.

Read it and weep.

Additional thoughts-

Regarding mental health treatment, everyone says ‘The murderer was crazy, but not crazy enough to act on.’ Yes, he was crazy enough to act on, but you had to look at his entire record rather than the problem sitting in front of you that day. The murderer walked away from mental health treatment when he turned 18. No one had the incentive to look at the larger problem.

Video cameras from the school were on a 20 minute delay..and the police didn’t know that.

The FBI got a pass. The FBI had five reports on Cruz, but said, ‘No laws broken, so not our problem.’ That may be a fine answer in the age of Obama, but that isn’t how anti-terrorism works today.

The teachers union in Florida is strongly partisan and anti-gun. They don’t want guns in schools..unless they are in the hands of unionized police officers. The teachers union got the enabling legislation watered down so that local school boards can veto a school guardian program in their district. Only non-classroom teachers are eligible, for example, principals, librarians and custodians..unless the teachers are former or current police officers, current members of the military or Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps instructors. That is too little too late. Arm classroom teachers because that is where the murderer finds students.

The new Florida senate president Bill Galvano took a campaign contribution of $200,000 from anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg. That means more dead kids rather than changing Florida’s laws.

Elections matter, and most school boards are tools of the union. The only way to fix that is for Florida voters to wake up and replace their school boards with candidates who will protect the children.

The report goes on about extending the door entryway into the classroom to create hidden corners where people could hide. The report ignores that fact that the walls were made of sheetrock and it takes about 13 sheetrock walls to stop a pistol bullet. Even glass windows are, and were, more effective at stopping bullets than sheetrock walls. First things first.

I gave you 400 words. Please share this article even if you won’t leave a comment. RM


5 Comments leave one →
  1. Wallace Dunn permalink
    December 12, 2018 7:10 pm

    And not a damn thing will be done about the negligence and downright criminal negligence on the part of the Sheriff.

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 12, 2018 8:01 pm

      Florida voters would rather blame someone else than their corrupt sheriff.


  2. December 13, 2018 7:30 pm

    The problem is pandemic across the nation with a few notable exceptions.

    Noteworthy is the fact that, with the exception of home school and private school, children are taken from their parents at the point of a gun and placed in these killing fields known as public schools.

    If anyone thinks I am joking, tell the school district you are keeping your children home indefinitely. Wait and see how long before someone with a gun shows up to take them from you…



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