Lenient school discipline policies implemented by the Obama administration allowed the Parkland, Florida, school shooter to maintain a clean record that allowed him to purchase the gun he used to kill 17 people, a report by RealClearInvestigations shows.
The lenient discipline policies stem from an effort to reduce overall numbers and racial disparities in the school-to-prison pipelines by using less severe punishments and limiting law enforcement involvement in school incidents, rather than by working to limit the number of crimes committed at schools through zero-tolerance policies.
In Broward County, where last month's shooting took place, Superintendent Robert Runcie and Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel signed a "collaborative agreement on school discipline" in October 2016, which listed misdemeanors that could not be reported to police, and outlined steps that police must exhaust before arresting a student.
The agreement calls for the use of PROMISE: Preventing Recidivism through Opportunities, Mentoring, Interventions, Support & Education.
According to the PROMISE manual, "This approach focuses on the situation as being the problem rather than the individual being the problem."