‘You Dishonor Parkland’s Legacy’: Parkland Dad Calls out Pelosi for Bashing Trump’s School Safety Report

Andrew Pollack (L), whose daughter Meadow Pollack was killed in the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, participates in a roundtable discussion with U.S. President Donald Trump (C) and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos R() about school safety and the new Federal Commission on School Safety report with family members of shooting victims, alongside state and local officials, in the Roosevelt Room at the White House on December 18, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Andrew Pollack lost his daughter Meadow in the school shooting in Parkland, Florida — and he’s tired of the horrific shooting being used “for retweets.”

The Trump administration released the Federal School Safety Commission Report last week detailing the current state of schools in the United States after the horrific shootings that took place in schools including Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and Santa Fe High School in Texas.

President Donald Trump called for the commission to be formed after the Parkland shooting and included parents like Pollack to contribute feedback for the report.

The commission, led by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos found that there isn’t a “universal school safety plan” that could protect every school. They emphasized the importance of partnerships between state governments and local teachers to ensure that the schools have the unique resources that they need.

The report also pointed to the role of the community to provide support to students and to speak out if they have concerns.

“Ultimately, ensuring the safety of our children begins within ourselves, at the kitchen table, in houses of worship, and in community centers. The recommendations within this report do not and cannot supplant the role families have in our culture and in the lives of children. Our country’s moral fabric needs more threads of love, empathy, and connection.”

Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) picked apart the report, claiming that the Trump Administration sunk to a “new low” in what she sees as defending gun rights over the lives of students.

“The Trump Administration ignored students, teachers and families to roll back students’ civil rights and fill our classrooms with deadly firearms.  Not only are Republicans ignoring proven research and dismantling vital student anti-discrimination protections, they have blocked commonsense gun violence prevention measures and underfunded effective school climate practices, anti-bullying initiatives, after-school programs and school counselor supports.”

Pollack, who has become an advocate for pushing attainable school safety initiatives rather than complete system overhauls, wasn’t happy with Pelosi’s response to the Trump administration’s report.

He saw the commission’s report as a good first step in correcting implementing some fixes to the school safety practices across the country, but he didn’t see Pelosi’s criticisms as anything but an attack on the Trump administration.

This is not the first time that Pollack has slammed people for using a tragedy for political means. As IJR previously reported, Pollack spoke out about the Thousand Oaks shooting in November, tweeting, “Let’s not make this a [Second Amendment] issue.”

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Audrey Eisenstadt
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I am sorry for your loss Mr. pollack. I too would want to get revenge for my daughter. But your plan will only kill more children. Imagine a bunch of people, running around not knowing who was the “bad shooter” so shoot anyone with a gun. It would be the shoot out in the ok corral. That is not a solution, that is a problem waiting to happen. Less guns, less shooting, not more. revenge wont bring back your daughter, but your plan will only promise more victims.

Lawrence
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It is Time that the Names and Faces of those people are dlacked out of the media, they are not heros, yet they are Paraded around the televisions, newspapers, and radio’s simular to a hero, Most of these people are loners, who want to be remembered and have thier name up in bold print with a photo, why give this to them? CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, Time Warner why are you giving this to them? you should be charged as an assesory when the next school shooting takes place.

Billy Cheatham
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pelosi is evil like shumer and the obummers and the killary clintons. Just try to take away my guns. It won’t work out for you while im alive

Michael
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While the politicizing of tragic events is par for the course and maddening, I truly don’t see how this was a good first step.

Screwtape
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Remember Nancy, those lumps in your stocking can be fixed by yet more plastic surgery. God forbid it’s that evil fossil fuel.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all.

Screwtape
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If one reverses Nancy Lugosi’s argument of “defending gun rights over the lives of students” we get “defending gun control over the lives of students and a constitutional right.” FIFY Nancy.

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