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The Parkland school shooting was the most avoidable mass murder in American history. And the policies that made it inevitable have spread to your school. 

"After my sister Meadow was murdered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the media obsessed for months about the type of rifle the killer used. It was all clickbait and politics, not answers or justice. That wasn't good enough for us. My dad is a real tough guy, but Meadow had him wrapped around her little finger. He would do anything she wanted, and she would want him to find every answer so that this never happens again.

My dad teamed up with one of America's leading education experts to launch his own investigation. We found the answers to the questions the media refused to ask. Questions about school safety that go far beyond the national gun debate. And the answers to those questions matter for parents, teachers, and schoolchildren nationwide." (Hunter Pollack, "Foreword")

©2019 Andrew Pollack and Max Eden (P)2019 Tantor
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Stick to the facts

I've worked in law enforcement in South Florida for more than 34 years, so I was particularly interested in this re-telling from the perspective of Mr Pollack. The factual parts of the book were interesting and well-recited; however, this is perhaps a mere 20% of the book. Another 80% of the book is slanted toward Conservative views on Gun Control, Obama era policies, opinion of Mr Pollack on law enforcement strategies (including his opinion that a "warning shot" should have been fired by officers (which agencies strictly prohibit due to the obvious inherent danger gravity presents)), and other similar opinions he holds about police tactics and what went wrong on 2/14/18. This stream of consciousness made listening to this book insufferable for me, at times, and I pushed through hoping for a return to fact and story-line. I can't recommend this book, but I would like to take a moment to say that Mr Pollack and other Parkland parents should be commended for their work in bringing change that include new laws in Florida that tighten school security and better protect out kids, and the removal of a clearly incompetent sheriff. Thank you all, sincerely.

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So important to hear this story from the parent

Play it on 1.2x, but otherwise, pay attention! This story is an important part of a complex issue.

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..... stupid ass Democrats.....

Everyone should read this so heart breaking how it could have been stopped long before it started...... stupid ass Democrats.....

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Agree w/ Annie

The book was all over the place, which is understandable, but at the same time it really dismisses good ideas to help troubled kids & conflates them w/ talking points on Fox News. It’s difficult to follow the logic & doesn’t present alternatives to advocation for destructive ideas that got us here in the first place.

I feel terrible for Meadow’s family & I respect their right to see this situation however they see it. I appreciate especially some work done for others even as they went through insufferable pain.

I think perhaps too, that insufferable pain can prevent human beings from seeing when certain ideas aren’t helpful to us or others & make them harder to develop new ones.

I too think the locked bathrooms were insane in that building & can’t find a good justification for it. I too think we could have stiffer consequences for kids who act out. I think Cruz should have been caught long before this happened. I fail to see how the other conservative culture war topics discussed here are relevant. The school didn’t fail, the school expelled him. Law enforcement didn’t make sure his access to weapons was restricted. W/ the red flag laws in place this could have been avoided. No need to cheer on the school to prison pipeline in search of a solution for these things, but must be tremendously difficult to see that in the throes of such anguish & pain.

I pray for Meadow’s family. God bless all of you.

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Required Reading

I read this book as soon as it came out. As soon as I saw it on the Audible list I selected it immediately for the next book to listen to. Amazing and infuriating at the same time when you hear how so many people did everything to make that horrific tragedy happen. I tell everyone I know to read this book.

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Couldn't stomach

Uneven, shallow and arrogant. Also inaccurate. Unrealistic theories masquerading as fact. People can have ideas but they doesn't make them reality.

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A deeper look at public schools today

I've had to read this book for an assignment, but upon its conclusion I've decided that I align with what Andrew had to say. I felt that the evidence of corruption behind the scenes of the Broward school district was well presented, although collected primarily anecdotally due to much of the information being withheld or inaccurately reported. The hunt for truth, justice, and accountability is sure to be a long fought battle.

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A must read for school administrators

As a teacher this book made me so angry. How the school district and officials treated the teachers before and after the shooting was unconscionable. The end result of their policies is simple. If you want to groom a sociopath into a school shooter , make sure he attends Broward county schools.

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must read

loved it. insane story. I've lived through some of these stupid policies and caught the school board with no success.. sadly so much of this book is spot on.. I need to do my research to make sure some of these policies are gone!

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incredible incompetence

this book was so informative that I couldn't put it down. the authors did a fantastic job!

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