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Preposterous Connection: Obama’s Policies on School Discipline Linked to Florida School Shootings

In the topsy-turvy world we live in today! How is it possible to think that the ready availability of high-powered GUNS is NOT linked to GUN violence but an Obama-era USDOE guidance document that sought to rein in the suspensions and expulsions of minority students IS responsible? Leave it to GOP Senator Marco Rubio to make the link and leave it to the GOP to take his account seriously. In a letter he sent to Betsy DeVos and Jeff Sessions, Mr. Rubio advocated that the Obama-era guidance document be rescinded. But, as an article by Erica Green in today’s NYTimes points out, this is preposterous for several reasons:

  • The shooter in Florida was not a minority student.
  • Black students have never been the culprits in the mass shootings that have shocked the nation’s conscience nor have minority schools been the targets.”
  • The basis for the link between the shooting and Obama’s guidance document, was that the shooter was able “…to evade law enforcement and carry out the massacre at Stoneman Douglas High” the Florida HS where the shooting took place. In fact the shooter had been expelled from the very high school!
  • And Mr. Rubio’s assertion that “…failure to report troubled students, like Cruz, to law enforcement can have dangerous repercussions” overlooks the fact that the shooter in Florida WAS known to local law enforcement officials and even with that knowledge they could do nothing to confiscate his weapons.

As civil-rights leaders know, “safety” in schools involves more than safety from shooters:

Children’s safety also includes protection from oppression and bigotry and injustice,” Daniel J. Losen, director of the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the University of California at Los Angeles’s Civil Rights Project, wrote in testimony to the Civil Rights Commission. “Fear-mongering and rhetoric that criminalizes youth of color, children from poor families and children with disabilities should not be tolerated.”

Mr. Rubio’s assertions that guidance that protects youth of color, children from poor families and children with disabilities from from oppression and bigotry and injustice is somehow linked to gun violence in suburban schools is disingenuous at best… and racist at worst… and most accurately described as misleading.

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