Sources have confirmed our reporting on an Obama-era school program that allowed the Parkland Shooter to purchase an AR-15.
Here are the articles we wrote:
VINDICATED: PARKLAND SHOOTER WAS PART OF OBAMA ERA SCHOOL PROGRAM https://t.co/axL29c71R4
— Jacob Palmieri (@jakepalmieri) May 10, 2018
Obama-era school program allowed Parkland Shooter to pass background check for AR-15 https://t.co/t4HgNtfB2J
— Jacob Palmieri (@jakepalmieri) March 8, 2018
Trump administration looking into ending Obama era program that allowed Parkland Shooter to pass background check! https://t.co/W4TPBWUxZs
— Jacob Palmieri (@jakepalmieri) March 12, 2018
Broward school district officials admitted Sunday that the confessed Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School gunman was assigned to a controversial disciplinary program, after the superintendent repeatedly claimed Nikolas Cruz had “no connection” to the alternative punishment designed to limit on-campus arrests.
Two sources with knowledge of Cruz’s discipline records told WLRN he was referred to the so-called PROMISE Program for a three-day stint after committing vandalism at Westglades Middle School in 2013.
When asked for a response, a spokeswoman for Superintendent Robert Runcie stated on Friday that district administrators were aggressively analyzing Cruz’s records. Then Tracy Clark said on Sunday afternoon the district had “confirmed” Cruz’s referral to PROMISE after he vandalized a bathroom at the middle school on Nov. 25, 2013.
Now, the reports still claim that he was referred but never actually intended the PROMISE program. Here is the problem with that assessment. Broward County received grants due to this program and the effect it had on limiting bad behavior. However, it is becoming increasingly clear now that the drop in crime had more to do with a lack of reporting and issues being handled within the school. The bottom line is that had Cruz been arrested by authorities it would have shown up when he was going to purchase the AR-15.