The lone gunman behind the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting was assigned to a controversial “disciplinary” program that blocked troubled students from being arrested, reports the National Review.
Broward county school officials have now confirmed that 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz was assigned to the PROMISE program after repeated run-ins with local authorities and administrators.
“The program was intended to thin out the ‘school-to-prison pipeline’ by providing counseling and other therapy for students who committed any on a list of 13 misdemeanors,” writes the Review. “However, critics have lambasted PROMISE since the shooting, saying it encouraged school officials to turn a blind eye to students who committed felonies.”
Despite denying Cruz’s connection to the program in the past, Broward administrations now admit the gunman was assigned a three-day course with PROMISE after he was caught vandalizing a school bathroom in 2013.
It remains unclear if he ever attended the program.
“You failed us students, teachers and parents alike on so many levels,” said one student now suing the district. “I want to ask you today to please end your policy and agreement that you will not arrest people committing crimes in our schools.”