A leading south Florida newspaper slammed the Broward County School District’s “culture of tolerance” over the weekend, saying troubled students like the Parkland shooter routinely slip through the cracks and evade law enforcement.
The bombshell article called on Broward school officials to end the PROMISE program that effectively shielded students like 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz from police in an effort to stop the “school-to-prison” pipeline.
Critics say the program allows troubled teens to go under-the-radar for years.
“Broward Schools have grown so tolerant of misbehavior that students like Nikolas Cruz are able to slide by for years without strict punishment for conduct that could be criminal,” writes the Sun Sentinel.
“The culture of leniency allows children to engage in an endless loop of violations and second chances, creating a system where kids who commit the same offense for the 10th time may be treated like it’s the first,” adds the author.
“I had three students bring knives to my classroom. One was out of the classroom for one day. Another had so many things on his record, he was gone for five days. None were expelled,” a 37-year teaching veteran from the district told the Sentinel.
Read the full report here.