Runcie Getting Chance at Constitutional Justice He Would Deny to Gun Owners

There’s good money in downgrading crimes committed by minority students to administrative offenses, and then demanding the law-abiding be defenseless. (Robert Runcie/Twitter)

U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “The superintendent of the Florida school district where 17 students and staff died in a 2018 high school massacre was arrested Wednesday after investigators said he lied to a grand jury investigating events surrounding the shooting,” ABC News reported Wednesday. “Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie was arrested by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement at district headquarters and charged with perjury in an official proceeding, which is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.”

“Also arrested Wednesday was Barbara Myrick, the school district’s attorney,” the report adds. “Myrick, 72, is accused of unlawfully disclosing grand jury proceedings, a felony.”

While specifics about what Runcie is alleged to have lied about under oath have not been released at this writing, it’s instructive to note the grand jury investigated “whether districts are following school safety laws, including those implemented after the … slayings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland.” That includes  seeing if state safety grants have been used for designated purposes, determining if millions of dollars in bond money raised for school safety have been misappropriated by Broward school officials, and ascertaining if “Runcie and district administrators have [lied] about school crime rates and discipline problems.”

If found guilty, it won’t be the first time there’s been a documented disconnect between what Runcie said under oath and how he then wielded the power entrusted to him.

Per the Constitution, Article. VI., “[A]ll executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution.” Per Florida law, that includes district school superintendents. For any official, including politicians for that matter, to infringe on the right of the people to keep and bear arms is an absolute betrayal of their oath, but realistically, were that something that was acted upon, there would be no one left to turn off the government’s lights.

“Following the [Parkland] shootings, Runcie aggressively interjected himself into the legislative fight on the Second Amendment – and he has a First Amendment right to express his opinion,” Forbes observed in a 2019 report that didn’t take his sworn position into consideration, but that nonetheless offered clues into why a grand jury inquiry was triggered in the first place. “However, taxpayers have a right to ask whether their money is being wasted on unnecessary travel, lobbying activities, perks, and a super-sized salary.”

At a time when we’re told how underfunded public schools are, in addition to lots of travel to attend “posh” conferences and being away from his desk a full seven weeks in 2018 alone, Runcie has reportedly “earned” (and I put that in quotes for a reason) “approximately $6.1 million from his hire date in October 2011 through the 2022/23 school year. Just three months before the tragedy, Runcie received a six-year contract extension worth an estimated $3.5 million in cash and benefits. It was an estimated $1 million increase over his previous six-year pay package.”

As for job performance worthy of such a deep and overflowing trough, Andrew Pollack, who was appointed to the Florida State Board of Education in 2019 and whose daughter Meadow was murdered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, doesn’t think so. According to WLRN Public Radio and Television, he said his first priority would be removing Runcie.

“Pollack’s primary indictment of Runcie is the fact that a staff member who was recommended to be fired for inappropriate behavior toward female students was the first to spot confessed shooter Nikolas Cruz at Stoneman Douglas on Feb. 14 and failed to raise alarms,” the report notes. “Pollack is convinced Runcie’s so-called ‘PROMISE’ program contributed to his daughter’s death … The program offers students who commit certain misdemeanor crimes at school alternatives to arrest, like counseling or substance abuse.”

That’s putting it mildly, as a 2018 investigative report by “independent writer, documentary producer, and media consultant” Jack Cashill demonstrates. Per his website bio, Cashill “has a Ph.D. from Purdue University in American studies, has taught media and literature at Purdue and at Kansas City area universities, and served as a Fulbright lecturer in France.” So naturally, Media Matters and other apparatchik interests that don’t want to see his work known and heeded try to discredit him by labeling him a “conspiracy theorist.”

Through a collaborative agreement with the NAACP and law enforcement, the Broward County School District would deal with crimes administratively as a way to offset minority students being “disproportionately” arrested and prosecuted, he documents. So pervasive was the top-down pressure that “whistleblowers told of cases of burglary and robbery where officers had to hide the recovered evidence in order to avoid writing up the students for criminal behavior.”

Results of such deliberate misrepresentation included Trayvon Martin, caught with “stolen female jewelry and a burglary tool [who] had his offense written off as entering an unauthorized area and writing graffiti on a locker.” And then there was Parkland killer Nicholas Cruz, who had reportedly been involved in “23 incidents before the shooting,” smoothed over by the same school resource officer, Scot Peterson, who hunkered down in personally armed safety while those he was paid to protect were being slaughtered.

Back to the perjury charges Runcie now faces his lawyers filed a motion to dismiss or specify the charges on Monday. Curiously, since much of the PROMISE program Runcie collaborated in involves restraining police and giving the “disenfranchised” a break, principal attorney Michael Dutko crows on his website about how he got an officer acquitted in a “homeless slapping case” and got two officers acquitted in a misconduct case that could have resulted in life sentences.

Meanwhile, the obligatory gaggle of noisy “community leaders,” representing very few followers with $6M contracts and the ability to retain top criminal defense firms like Dutko & Kroll, are publicly pledging “100% support” for Runcie and calling the charges against him a political “witch hunt.”

Whether Runcie is guilty or innocent will be revealed.

That’s why due process and rigorous adherence to Constitutional protections by those in power are so important. And that’s why his demands for due process-denying prior restraints and infringements on the right of the people to keep and bear arms is so hypocritical.

It would be ironic indeed, if Runcie is convicted, to note that as a felon, he will become a “prohibited person,” forbidden by “law” to possess the guns he would deny to those of us who aren’t trough-feeding perjurers.

UPDATE: The Washington Post reported this morning that Runcie has resigned.


About David Codrea:

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating/defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regularly featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

David Codrea

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SweetOlBob
SweetOlBob
3 months ago

One more case of a School System trying desperately to make their numbers of misbehaving and criminal acts by (koff-koff) “minorities” come out in a socially accepted manner.
All together now; THEY DINDOO NUFFIN !
There ! I fixed it

191145
191145
4 months ago

I have a question . Where are the law suits against ALL politicians under 18 US code 241 ? Seems to me that as politicians sworn to protect and defend the constitution, the very act of THEM publicly proclaiming the disarmament of US citizens as a whole and writing law for that purpose is a violation of this law . It only takes 2 or more people to engaged in this process to be charged for “conspiracy to deprive civil rights” . I can name off about 2 dozen politicians that fit this criteria . Why doesn’t anyone EVER bring… Read more »

3manfan
3manfan
4 months ago

Arrested? My, my, my.
Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving pos.
But I won’t be shocked if he winds up with a slap on the wrist & ends up in China Joe’s administration with a sweet gig.
He’s tailor made for the Swamp in D.C.

Mack
Mack
4 months ago

Robert Runcie is no man.

Peter Wang was a man.

Army honors three JROTC cadets killed in Florida shooting

Tionico
Tionico
4 months ago

this is the best news I’ve seen coming out of Florida in years. I had not made the connexion between the “uffishul” who first laid eyes on the murderous Cruz as he violated his restraining order, AND the GFSZA and entered the campus carrying his “legally” purchased and “background checked” AR, and a large quantity of TEN ROUND magazines (they fit into the carry case better….) and the guy who was in charge of so much of the nonsense that aided, abetted, enabled, allowed, supported, student criminality that was never dealt with. Seems Runcie and his pals preferred to keep… Read more »

Grim
Grim
4 months ago

Runcie should have been held accountable for the slain students in the beginning. He did not have a policy of locking the school doors t5o outsiders! He failed to put basic, common sense directives into practice that would have prevented/delayed the shooter’s entry into the school. Now we find out he lied/perjured himself before the grand jury. What a POS.

Gdubb
Gdubb
4 months ago

Interesting the mainstream news media isn’t interested in this story.

Dry gulched
Dry gulched
4 months ago

Seems school districts are the latest in corrupt organizations. Atlanta is a prime example. The dept of education is a leftist organization so it stands to reason school districts would be corrupt too.

gregs
gregs
4 months ago

runcie and myrick are two pieces of the leftist machine used to funnel money to themselves and progressive agendas. he was culpable for the parkland murders with his don’t blame the bad kids, blame the system. and she should be disbarred for leaking grand jury information. if you don’t punish a child for doing something bad they will continue to do so. look at the statistics, minority men commit a majority of crimes, but more white men/people are killed by cops each year than minority men. and of course all the bipoc’s are stumping for him based on the color… Read more »

Tionico
Tionico
4 months ago
Reply to  gregs

Spot on concerning the unioins forpublic employees. The unions are not accountable to the people, but to their members/trough-fillers. The employees are not accountable to the people but to the unions. This is the classic circle of backscratchers. And WE the PEOPLE, whom these corrupt clowns purportedly serve, carry the freight to feed this all, and do not get the benefit due us by our support.

Never should have allowed public employees to unionise, ever.

SweetOlBob
SweetOlBob
3 months ago
Reply to  Tionico

RIGHT, RIGHT, One thousand times RIGHT !
Remember the “Flight Controllers” and do likewise. Fire the whole damned bunch of self serving unionized Teachers and Administrators and start over.
It CAN be done ! It has been proven !

swmft
swmft
4 months ago

not the first crook at the top of a south florida school system ,gold plumbing anyone?? You cant have a “power and control sosity wen thay nose thangs” there is no public employee that should be paid that much

nrringlee
nrringlee
4 months ago

Runcey and Myrick will be immediately pardoned by the Harris/Biden regime and will receive the Medal of Freedom next January. The must read on Parkland can be found in two very contrasting books. Parkland, By Dave Cullen shows you just how the community organizer effort fueled with loads of leftist money and organizations can build a false flag movement over night. And “Why Meadow Died” by Andy Pollock will show you just how law enforcement, public school and mental health bureaucrats create monsters like Nick Cruz. Parkland was a direct result of New Left Progressive public policy. That is all… Read more »

Tionico
Tionico
4 months ago
Reply to  nrringlee

Biden cannot pardon, as these areSTATE charges. And I’m SO glad they are, else he WOULD do just that, once more tossing “Blind Mother Justice on a pile of manure” to quote Mr.bobby……

3manfan
3manfan
4 months ago
Reply to  nrringlee

All true except the ‘create monsters like Nick Cruz’ part. We don’t ‘create’ them (I was a street cop in the County just south of Broward for 25 years, retiring in 2013 & I dealt with Cruz’s ilk multiple times per week, every week)….they’re born defective & it’s only a matter of time before whatever malady they’re going to exhibit for the rest of their lives rears its head. All facets of ‘the system’ (my former one included) allow these budding monsters to prliferate, but we do not create them. That’s genetic & baked in at their conception. The main… Read more »

SweetOlBob
SweetOlBob
3 months ago
Reply to  3manfan

3manfan:
Exactly the question I raised in another posting. We all know that some muslims have little short circuits in their brains due to generations of inbreeding. All is well until those little shorted wires match up, and then KABOOM!
Isn’t it possible that some Africans display the same problem ?
Many Africans are already muslims. Double Whammy ?

Sisu
Sisu
4 months ago

David Codrea,   Thank you for bringing another travesty of this “failed society” to the attention of “subjects” such as me.   The article suggests once again, we are all the same. … Sociopathic, pathological liars are part of humanity regardless of race, ethnicity, country (or continent) of origin, religion (or absence thereof), sex (biologic or mental illness), … (Yada, yada, … Da Dit, da dit, …).   And, because such “defective humans” have no life (or purpose) outside of their perverse need to control and “humble” other “normal, peaceful, loving, meek” humans:   What needs to happen in this… Read more »

SweetOlBob
SweetOlBob
3 months ago
Reply to  Sisu

for the elucidation of those “younguns” who haven’t had the benefit of our disadvantages, The “Double Whammy” was accredited to “Evil Eye Fleegle”,a character created from the fertile and entertaining brain of Al Capp. A cartoonist, and student of the Human Condition ! Born severely handicapped, he rose to become the creator of an American Legend and left us much too soon. Here’s to you Al ! And to all the characters who linger on after you. Lil’ Abner, Daisy Mae, Mammy and Pappy Yokum, Hairless Joe, Lonesome Polecat and all the others. I wish you a “Dogpatch Ham” in… Read more »