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Rubio Introduces Bill That Punishes Schools for Ignoring 'Red Flags'

Rubio Introduces Bill That Punishes Schools for Ignoring 'Red Flags'
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel speaks during a news conference at Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

The Parkland school massacre is still fresh in our memories, fueled by the constant barrage of gun-control advocacy and compliant media. However, among these calls for laws that would not have prevented the murders, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has introduced a bill that actually does address the exact failures of the school and county.

The “Asserting Basic Common-Sense Coordination in School Discipline Act”, or the “ABCs in School Discipline Act,” seeks to “prevent federal funds from being used to establish school discipline policies that intentionally discourage schools from reporting certain dangerous student behavior to local law enforcement.”

“Following the tragedy at Parkland, it is unclear where the shooter was in the school discipline system,” said Senator Rubio. “However, we do know that by the fall of 2016, school officials and law enforcement knew Cruz was a serious danger, yet law enforcement never arrested him nor was he reported to law enforcement by the school.”

Rubio is trying to undo the Obama-era policies that were designed to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline. Those policies allowed a monster to squeak through the system clean enough to purchase a rifle and unleash hell.

At last, someone in Washington is proposing a preventative measure that actually would have prevented what happened.

The Parkland killer put up more red flags than a May Day parade. No one paid any attention. They were too busy being good little progressives and artificially keeping their crime statistics down to address the sociopath everyone knew about.

Rubio’s bill doesn’t target the law-abiding. It doesn’t do anything except force schools to treat school safety as a mandate rather than a social experiment.

I’m still furious. The courage some of those kids displayed! Some died saving their peers. I can’t help but think what kind of adults they’d be if only someone had acted sooner.