More than ten months after the deadly Parkland school shooting, Marjory Stoneman Douglas students are still being slapped in the face by those charged with ensuring their safety:
— The Hill (@thehill) December 18, 2018
More from the Orlando Sentinel:
U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom dismissed a suit filed by 15 students who claimed they were traumatized by the crisis in February. The suit named six defendants, including the Broward school district and the Broward Sheriff’s Office, as well as school deputy Scot Peterson and campus monitor Andrew Medina.
Bloom ruled that the two agencies had no constitutional duty to protect students who were not in custody.
“The claim arises from the actions of [shooter Nikolas] Cruz, a third party, and not a state actor,” she wrote in a ruling Dec. 12. “Thus, the critical question the Court analyzes is whether defendants had a constitutional duty to protect plaintiffs from the actions of Cruz.
“As previously stated, for such a duty to exist on the part of defendants, plaintiffs would have to be considered to be in custody” — for example, as prisoners or patients of a mental hospital, she wrote.
And what of protecting students from a shooter whose history of violence was known to school and law enforcement authorities? What of that?
The Broward County Sheriff’s Department were derelict in their duties. The Broward County School District was derelict in its duties. And this judge has signaled that there are no consequences for jeopardizing the safety and lives of MSD students.
"To protect and serve"; until you read the fine print.
— Mr.B (@misterbrantley) December 18, 2018
Protect and serve? Nah , stand down.
— jaydubme (@WhiddenJason) December 18, 2018
This echoes Gonzales v Castle Rock.
This is why people want to empower those who are able and willing to protect innocents to do so. https://t.co/8M6F23dLZP
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) December 18, 2018
Exactly why I am a CCW permit holder.
— Howard Roark Laughed (@Major_Skidmark) December 18, 2018
You. Are. On. Your. Own. Don’t be disarmed. — “Cops and schools had no duty to shield students in Parkland shooting, says judge who tossed lawsuit” https://t.co/P2UUfQbSLk
— Tom Gresham (@Guntalk) December 18, 2018