Hey Student ‘Change Agents’ You’re Being Used & Lied To

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Students Walk Out to Protest Guns
Students Walk Out to Protest Guns, but they are being used as pawns….

USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Here is my homework assignment for all the fist-clenching, gun control-demanding teenagers walking out of classrooms this week (and next week and next month) to protest school shootings:

Ask not what the rest of the country can do for your local school's safety; ask what your local school boards and superintendents have been failing to do for you.

Chances are, the adults closest to you — those most directly responsible for your security — have been shirking their primary duties, squandering scarce resources and deflecting blame.

Yes, it's glamorous and exciting to appear on “The Ellen Show,” rub elbows with Eminem at the iHeartRadio Music Awards, pal around with Anderson Cooper, and soak up praise and donations from George Clooney and Oprah for shouting at the NRA, Republicans and President Trump.

Sure, it's fun to ditch your homework, parade around in “March For Our Lives” swag, and watch your Twitter mentions explode like SpaceX launches every time you indignantly accuse gun-owning moms of hating their own children.

It's lit like Bic to be the Democrats' new junior lobbyists, fundraisers and voter registration captains. But when the media whirlwind dies down and the Everytown buses ship you back home, mundane realities will set in.

Negligence, incompetence and inattention to the core mission of education and ensuring students' safety don't just spring out of nowhere. They are not alien invaders descending upon your neighborhoods from thousands of miles of away to impose chaos and misery upon your erstwhile Edenic existence.

Take Broward County, Florida. The current superintendent, Robert Runcie, was hired to clean up encrusted corruption in the district and school board that dates back to the early 1990s and resulted in three statewide grand jury investigations in 1997, 2002 and 2011. That last report blasted “malefeasance, misfeasance, and nonfeasance” on the Democrat-dominated school board and within top management at the district. In fact, the grand jury concluded after probing waste, fraud and favor-trading in capital construction projects:

“The culture of misfeasance and malfeasance at the school district is so deeply ingrained, so longstanding and so severe that we believe (employees who blow the whistle) will either be subsumed into the existing culture or drummed out of the District as soon as current attention is diverted from the Board and District.”

Indeed, one former building inspector who was fired in retaliation for warning about building code violations received a $45,000 settlement from the crooked school board. One board member was convicted on extortion, wire fraud and bribery charges involving school construction. Under Runcie, an $800 million renovation bond passed by voters in 2014 for school repairs on moldy, decaying buildings has been abjectly squandered; critics have alleged more bid-rigging, lax oversight and circumvention of graft reforms passed seven years ago.

The grand jury had issued a prophetic warning: “Bad habits and corrupt practices often return when the light of inquiry is turned off.”

Five years later, the district was entangled in yet another fiscal scandal after the state auditor general determined the schools had misallocated $23 million in federal Title 1 funds for low-income students; had “failed to correct safety violations at some schools;” and “paid health insurance premiums for former employees who were ineligible and in some cases dead,” according to the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel.

When public scrutiny is diverted to red herrings and politically expedient scapegoats, feckless educrats are all too happy to participate in accountability Kabuki theater.

After the Parkland, Florida, shooting last month, Runcie immediately pounced: “If we really want to do something, spend money on adding more school resource officers and law enforcement.”

What bunk. Continued profligacy is no violence prevention strategy. If school leaders can't exhibit basic fiscal discipline and stewardship, how can they be trusted to ensure classroom discipline and physical safety?

Is it any surprise that Runcie's social justice pandering to dismantle the “school to jailhouse pipeline” won him Obama administration accolades — while endangering the lives of children used as political pawns?

The same set of corruptocrats who were in place while cronies rigged bids for personal gain stood by while book-cookers rigged crime statistics to appease racial bean counters.

There were no district-wide walkouts and nationwide protests when Broward County parents of special-needs students were laughed at during a school board meeting as they exposed how their children had been bullied, beaten and bitten by tormentors without consequences in 2016. Nor was there a massive uproar last fall when the district acknowledged a whopping 480 incidents of alleged sexual harassment and abuse in its schools.

As a famous Chicago community organizer once quipped, “Change is hard.” Selfies with gun control armbands is easy. Cleaning your own house, district and county is hard. Junkets to D.C. are easy. Digging through audits and public records is hard. Regurgitating Mad Libs-like talking points against the NRA and Second Amendment is easy.

Go back to class and look homeward, all you young “change agents.” The faultiest faults are near, not far.


Michelle Malkin
Michelle Malkin

About: Michelle Malkin
Michelle Malkin is host of “Michelle Malkin Investigates” on CRTV.com. As well as the author of “Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies” & “Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild“. Her email address is [email protected]

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Ku
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Ku

These NAIVE FOOLS should just tell it like it is!
Their signs should read:

KEEP US VULNERABLE!

Not only would I want school staff to have the right to conceal carry a firearm if they choose – I WOULD WANT THE RIGHT TO CONCEAL CARRY IF I CHOOSE! But that’s just me.

tomcat
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tomcat

Broward(coward) County Fla. has a long trail of not being upright and forthright. Yes, Debbie Wasserman Schultz is well acquainted there. I haven’t seen any coverage of her on the scene, probably because she is up to her elbows in the crooks that she hired that split back to Pakistan. All these kids across the country that got a free day off school and got a bus ride and a free lunch think all is well. The liberals that have funded all this and organized all this are dancing in the blood of those that got killed. We all know… Read more »

bud
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bud

You can bet these students did not organize on their own. High school students are some of the most easily influenced people on earth. I say that as a retired teacher who watched it first hand. Someone is doing some influencing from the background

CountryBoy
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CountryBoy

These students should be asking WHY their School . their Principal , their Superintendent , and their School Board did NOT Protect them…..

2WarAbnVet
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2WarAbnVet

Since students aren’t taught history (or, it appears, much else) in our school system, they don’t know about prohibition that was an attempt to ban the sale of alcohol. The attempt failed, the nation was awash in alcohol, crime skyrocketed, and funds were wasted in the attempt to monitor the program. When the program proved to be an abject failure it was repealed. Students are not made aware of the “war on drugs”, but they certainly know that if they want then, they can acquire them. They don’t know that trillions have been spent in the “war on poverty”, but… Read more »

JS
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JS

It does seem like the overall intelligence level of students is on a downward slide. Where is the critical thinking?

What exactly would happen if students walked out demanding constitutional rights and the restoration of 2A in particular? They would be expelled in todays world.

David
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David

What in the HELL are we teaching this generation ? I mean, what kind of FOOL protests to get their rights TAKEN AWAY ???

Dave
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Dave

Well spoken.
I hadn’t looked at it from that perspective.

ras
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ras

How many hours of classroom education did these “students” get before they walked out and were led by their noses by the Left anti-constitutional vermin and their media propaganda machine? I would bet not even a minute. Ironically, they are proud to exercise their 1st Amendment right to attack the 2nd Amendment right of millions of honest, hard working, law abiding citizens.

RJL
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RJL

First and fore most it is disgraceful for the adults to allow these protests. Let us not forget that these children are attending school, their main job is to study and to learn as much as possible in safe environments to become productive future tax paying citizens. Schools are the dress rehearsal for live in their future endeavors’. Protesting is under the umbrella of the First Amendment, regarding freedom of speech. But what do all these children know about the firearm laws, nationally and locally? Are they political pawns of Federal/Local government? Until these students become tax paying citizens within… Read more »

Laddyboy
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Laddyboy

I can answer your question this way; The “NEA” National Education Association. It appears to be a LEFTY ran organization that demands “common core” be used. Most Educational Administrations are TOLD What to teach, When to teach and How to teach. Very little or no time is given if a student does not “master” a topic. If a child misbehaves or does NOTHING in the classroom, almost NOTHING is done about that student. Children are often PASSED to a higher grade because they are “to old” to stay. I have seen student’s grades changed by administrators so that particular student… Read more »

JDC
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JDC

Gee, it seems like just last month the media was agonizing about these students playing “the choking game” and eating Tide pods and dying doing both. Now they want the little darlings to dictate public policy?

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@JDC, Yes, why would I take advice from someone that would blame an inanimate object for human failures, many humans, many failures.

mbh
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mbh

I hate what happened but I am not ready to let high schoolers run the country, besides I don’t hear them being afraid to go to the mall.

Rock
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Rock

Gee, how many of the students have or WILL fail to say or do anything if their “friend” starts to say or do strange things. Seems quite a few in Parkland Florida did just that. They did nothing, the police hid and the FBI didn’t do anything… THAT is who and what failed, NOT the thousands of gun laws already in place. Now they protest or march for “gun control”, but the entire problem was caused by THEIR lack of actions prior to the shooting. Almost EVERY school shooting has been done by someone that students and teachers KNEW was… Read more »

Jay
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Jay

Well said. They all want something done AFTER something happens. Like closing the barn door after the cow has left and is out in the field. Not all Dems or Reps are bad but it seems to me that many more Dems on average are really not doing the RIGHT things. Just what is a FEEL GOOD thing.