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.
When 17 people get murdered in school, politicians have 2 choices: find out why and #fixit or weaponize it for their own agendas and wait to do it all over again next time. @realdonaldtrump took the high route. You dishonor Parkland’s legacy and endanger other kids for retweets. https://t.co/G4NNqn28ki
— Andrew Pollack (@AndrewPollackFL) December 24, 2018
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.”