Why Meadow Died: The People and Policies that Created Parkland’s Shooter and Endanger America’s Students by Andrew Pollack and Max Eden will be in Barnes & Nobles of Coral Springs on October 2nd
After seventeen people were murdered at a high school in Parkland, Florida, the national conversation focused exclusively a handful of students fighting for gun control. The media ignored the questions that matter: why did this happen? How can we stop it from happening again? Moving forward without answers wasn’t an option for Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow was murdered that Valentine’s Day.
In Why Meadow Died: The People and Policies that Created Parkland’s Shooter and Endanger America’s Students (Post Hill Press; Hardcover; Sept 10, 2019; 9781642932195), Andrew teamed up with a renowned education expert, Max Eden, to investigate and expose everything that enabled the tragedy. It was the most avoidable mass murder in American history. And scarier still: the policies that made it inevitable have spread to your child’s school.
If one single individual in the Broward County school district made one single responsible decision about the shooter, then the tragedy could have been averted. But you can’t even call what happened a “failure” because every obviously, recklessly irresponsible decision made perfect sense given the policies that governed the schools.
Broward County was ground zero for a dangerous new approach to school discipline, known as “restorative justice.” Principals are pressured to decrease suspensions, expulsions, and arrests to fight the so-called “school to prison pipeline,” and respond by simply sweeping problems under the rug. This pressure is strongest when it comes to students with “disabilities” – especially problematic given that our schools label deeply emotionally disturbed students as having a “disability.”
That’s why it made perfect sense that, while in middle school, the shooter could talk about guns every single day and terrorize teachers and students for years before getting transferred to a specialized school. That’s why a couple months of calm behavior earned him a ticket into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where they let him practice shooting in JROTC. And that’s why principals there decided that he was so dangerous he couldn’t bring a backpack to school and had to be frisked every day for fear he’d bring and use a deadly weapon – but never let him be arrested.
This story matters far beyond Parkland because the Obama administration coerced and threatened school districts across America to adopt these policies. The policies that caused Parkland have spread to your school. The only way for you to know what’s happening in your kid’s school is to learn what happened in Meadow’s.
The Parkland school shooting was the most avoidable mass murder in American history. And the policies that made it inevitable are being forced into public schools across America.
These are the words of Hunter Pollack, Meadow’s brother in the Overview:
“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.
If one single adult in the Broward County school district had made one responsible decision about the Parkland shooter, then my sister would still be alive. But every bad decision they made makes total sense once you understand the district’s politically correct policies, which started here in Broward and have spread to thousands of schools across America.”
—Hunter Pollack, “Foreword”
DETAILS OF THE EVENT
Wednesday October 02, 2019 7:00 PM
2790 University Drive
Coral Springs, FL 33065
About the Authors:
Andrew Pollack was an entrepreneur and businessman with experience in scrap metal, real estate, and property management. He now dedicates his life to making school safe again, founding a non-profit Americans for Children’s Lives and School Safety (CLASS) and making sure that the families of victims get answers and justice.
Max Eden is an education policy expert at an NYC-based think tank. Before that, he managed the education policy studies department at the American Enterprise Institute.
Advanced Praise for Why Meadow Died:
“Why Meadow Died is the untold, almost unbelievable story of how the moral corruption wrought by politically correct policies and willful blindness made the most avoidable school shooting in history somehow inevitable. If the public faces the truths this book reveals it should insist on a searching examination of the ethos of our public schools.”
—Bill Bennett, Former U.S. Secretary of Education
“This book could be titled: Andrew Pollack vs. Broward County. Mr. Pollack is the bold, striking colossus of Parkland politics. He deals justice with an iron fist and will likely be portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger when the movie version of this book is inevitably made.”—Cameron Kasky, Co-Founder of March For Our Lives
“Why Meadow Died is a Shakespearean tragedy set in a public school system. The dark truths about our society and ourselves that shine through may be painful, but parents can’t afford not to confront them. Moms: read this book like your child’s life depends on it. It just might.”—Nicole Landers, Mom, Nurse, Founder Parent2Parent Network