Obama’s Deadly School Discipline Policy

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There are many news stories squandered by CNN, The New York Times, Washington Post, MSNBC, and even FOX News. Many of these stories are easy to find. However, the narrative-driven media are too busy trying to topple the Trump administration and undo the 2016 election. So while all the invented drama of the impeachment hearings are clogging up the 24-hour news cycles, a comprehensive study on school shootings published by the U.S. Secret Service never sees the light of day.

Why? Because the study discovered some inconvenient truths for gun control advocates, specifically how to reduce and prevent school shootings. What is not surprising is that the study found that most students who committed these deadly shootings had a history of disciplinary trouble–their behavior disturbed others but was never reported. It also determined school shootings “are not sudden, impulsive acts where a student gets disgruntled,” and “the majority of these incidents are preventable.” In other words, the system was blinking red, and little was done about it. The report’s conclusion says that schools may need to think differently about school discipline and intervention.

Why does this matter? Remember in 2011, when Barack Obama and his Department of Education were on a socially engineered crusade to artificially manufacture public school safety through race politics? Recall they launched their Supportive School Discipline Initiative that was championed as a national model for discipline reform. Yet, this misguided intervention into local school policy is why the Department of Education should be shut down. Through forced compliance to receive federal funding, this junk science kept many miscreants in the school instead of finding an alternative placement somewhere else and an effective tracking system. States also followed by revising their laws to reduce suspensions and expulsions.

This high-minded, one-size-fits-all liberal policy, like most other liberal policies, didn’t take into account the potential unintended consequences of their nitwitted idea. Instead, it got students unnecessarily hurt, killed, and left countless communities traumatized in the aftermath of mass school slaughters because they were worried about the civil rights of disruptive students. They had, however, no concern for students who had a civil right to go to school and learn without being mowed down in a classroom.

Obama and his Department of Education ignored the real-life experiences of teachers and school administrators who knew that keeping a student who should be expelled or at least suspended from school for extremely outrageous behavior was not a novel concept, but a dangerous one. Take for example a teacher in a North Carolina school who said that the daily fights, concealed weapons, and assaults on faculty were ignored simply to reduce the number of incidents reported. Or the father of a student killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas School in Parkland, Florida who called these polices cancerous and that these lenient, P.C. policies led to the non-reporting of potential school killers. Maybe like the Stoneman Douglas shooter Nikolas Cruz.

Cruz had a history that was completely ignored because of the Obama-era policy that allowed him to fly off the radar screen and to go unmonitored. He was referred to what was called the PROMISE Program in middle school for his repeated threatening behavior, but there was no record of his receiving services. This program mirrored Obama’s forced lenient compliance requirements on school discipline in order to receive federal funding.

President Trump commissioned a comprehensive study after the Parkland School shooting on the effect of the Obama-era lax school discipline policy. It found that, among other things, a “recurring narrative that teachers in the classroom and students in hallways were afraid that students who had a history of antisocial or violent behavior were left unchecked.”

Thankfully Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced in December of 2018 that she rescinded the dangerous Obama-era policy on lenient school discipline requirements. That was a good start. But the problem is that reversing policy takes time to take root. The liberal behavior of schools will have administrators continuing on this path. It is how human behavior works, not to mention the liberal nature of local public school officials. Unfortunately, it will take more mass school shootings before the public demands tactics and policies that actually work.

Liberals are big on amassing government databases of private citizens information like gun ownership. They support gun registration lists with public access to such records. They support so-called red flag laws that allow for the confiscation of a person’s firearms without due process, but when it comes to the protection of kids in schools, they are worried about their civil rights? They are afraid that school records on discipline could follow a student and may end them up in the criminal justice system when that is exactly where someone like Cruz belonged.

Here is how we keep kids safe in school. We need at least a state database of disruptive students, a red flag system so that when these troublemakers move on to other schools, law enforcement and the new school can find out who they are getting. Schools need to return to a zero policy on student disruptive behavior and a return to using arrest, suspension, and expulsion for behavior control, at least in extreme cases. When schools hear about a “best practice,” they should run in the other direction. These are nothing more than liberal socially engineered experiments developed in university ivory towers with no empirical proof or peer review that they actually work. And lastly, keep the U.S. Department of Education out of the business of ordering school policy. The safety of our children and faculty is worth it.

Police Respond to Shooting at Long Beach Bar; 2 People Found Dead Inside, Including Suspect And California Gun Laws Are Working So Well

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A shooting that left two people dead and another injured at a bar in Long Beach is under investigation Wednesday.

An officer was flagged down about 12:20 a.m. regarding a shooting inside the Bottoms Up sports bar in the 1700 block of East Artesia Boulevard, Long Beach Police Department spokesperson Shaunna Dandoy said.

“He engaged with the suspect who was shooting inside of the business when an officer-involved shooting occurred,” Dandoy said.

The suspect was believed to be dead inside the building, although it was unclear if he was killed by the officer or from a self-inflicted wound.

Inside the bar, investigators found an unidentified deceased victim and an injured man who was transported to a nearby hospital. The injuries were not considered to be life threatening, Dandoy said.

An investigation is underway to determine who shot the victims and when.

The officer was not injured in the incident, Dandoy said.

Investigators are searching for surveillance video.

There was no word on a motive for the initial shooting. https://ktla.com/2019/10/23/police-respond-to-shooting-at-long-beach-bar-2-people-found-dead-inside-including-suspect/

Man Sought After Exchanging Gunfire With Police in Boyle Heights: LAPD

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A man who exchanged gunfire with officers who tried to make contact with him while he was walking on a street in Boyle Heights remained at large Wednesday, authorities said.

The pedestrian opened fire at police at First and Gless streets around 10 p.m. Tuesday when the officers tried to stop him, said Meghan Aguilar, a detective with Los Angeles police.

Police fired back at the shooter, who then fled, Aguilar added.

None of the officers were shot, but one suffered a minor injury in the incident, according to LAPD. Police said they don’t know whether or not the man was hurt.

Why the officers tried to contact the man in the first place remains under investigation, Aguilar said.

Officers set up a large perimeter overnight in search of the alleged shooter but were unsuccessful. LAPD described him as a Hispanic man with a tattoo under one eye.

The incident happened near a number of churches and the Pecan Recreation Center.

Authorities provided no further information.

El Dorado County Sheriff’s Deputy Fatally Shot, Ride-Along Passenger Injured

A Northern California sheriff’s deputy has been shot to death while responding to a call in the rural Sierra Nevada foothills.

Deputy Brian Ishmael is seen in an image posted to the El Dorado Sheriff's Instagram page.

Deputy Brian Ishmael is seen in an image posted to the El Dorado Sheriff’s Instagram page.

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office says Deputy Brian Ishmael was fatally shot early Wednesday in the community of Somerset and that a ride-along passenger with him was injured. The condition of the passenger was unknown.

A statement from the sheriff’s office says two men were detained and that a large contingent of law enforcement officers and a helicopter remained at the scene in about 45 miles (72 kilometers) east of Sacramento.

The statement provided no details about how the events unfolded.

The deputy was a four-year veteran of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and previously worked for Placerville Police Department. https://ktla.com/2019/10/23/el-dorado-county-sheriffs-deputy-fatally-shot-ride-along-passenger-injured/