As Bill Bennett has written: "Why Meadow Died is the untold, almost unbelievable story of how the moral corruption wrought by politically correct policies and willful blindness made the most avoidable school shooting in history somehow inevitable." Broward County, Fla. was ground zero for a new approach to school discipline, promoted by radical leftist organizations like the SPLC and enforced by an Obama Department of Education "Dear Colleague" letter. These groups peddled a false "school to prison pipeline" narrative, claiming that teachers and principals were massively, systematically racist and couldn't be trusted to enforce rules with consequences. Instead, they argued for healing circles and "restorative justice." These policies enabled a psychopathic criminal to maintain a clean background and purchase a firearm used to murder 17 people at MSD. And the Obama administration forced these leniency policies into hundreds of schools serving millions of students across America.
Andrew Pollack was an entrepreneur and businessman with experience in scrap metal, real estate, and property management. Everything changed when his daughter Meadow was murdered during the Parkland school shooting. He now dedicates his life to making school safe again, founding a non-profit Americans for Children's Lives and School Safety (CLASS) and making sure that the families of victims get answers and justice.
Max Eden is an education expert at an NYC-based think tank. He was formerly program manager of the education policy studies department at the American Enterprise Institute. Eden has a BA in History from Yale University.