School Shooting, More Red Flags
A long-time PP member sent me this today and I believe that it deserves posting and its own discussion area.
The original Twitter Thread is here:
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The author is a school security administrator with an extensive background in security and police work.
My name is John Bouchell and I am not a bot. I was in school administration after spending a stint in the military. Let me explain: As usual, I was a teacher, a coach and later became an administrator. I worked at all three levels of public school in administration.
Like most athletic males I was assigned as a part of a school security team- at all three levels. Eventually, I was trained by the Department of Homeland Security, Several sheriff's departments, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, GBI. Prior, I was trained the military.
I was a Combat Crew member and a certified marksman with both rifles and pistols (M-16, and .40 Cal Colt) with an Oak Leaf Cluster (Multiple awards). I was a likely person to help with school security and had an extensive background in technology and video surveillance as well.
I held an SCI security clearance which is the very highest we have in America. I say these things to help you to understand my background to weigh my opinion as to the events in Parkview [Parkland] Florida, (30 minutes from my home where I live, now retired from School administration).
As an administrator in charge of a large High School of 1,800 students and 140 employees, I held tabletop exercises and wrote publications & power points presentation, & helped with both multiple school & mult-jurisdiction school systems training as developer and presenter.
Never did I hear from, receive information from, or was contacted by, read any publications, or gathered statistics from the United States Secret Service. Not once- EVER. Yet, 3 weeks prior to the shooting in Florida, the USSS was not only at the Parkland school, they held training.
I have also, despite actually thwarting a school shooting by an armed predator at my school, causing both Code Red, total lockdown, 911calls and arrests and conviction of the potential shooter, [never] saw, spoke with, or was interviewed or contacted by the FBI, or the USSS.Its worthy to note the 911 response time was in excess of 20 minutes. In fact, I was only contacted by a few reporters. The incident was basically ignored and squashed in fear of damaging the political establishment, school board, school superintendent, et.al.
NO REPORTERS EVER CONTACTED MY STUDENTS for interviews or opinions. I never spoke to a national law enforcement agent much less the USSS.
So, to hear the FBI were the first responders only beating CNN by minutes in a wealthy Florida area saturated with Law Enforcement shocked me.
Seeing the amazing amount of CNN coverage so well organized and all espousing one message and only one message is equally troubling. Seeing a student saying she actually walked with the shooter while evacuating and HEARD shots shocked me.
Seeing video of a student telling us she was told they would have a drill that day with actors deeply troubles me. Seeing the same young man over and over who visited CNN that day and whose father is an FBI agent troubles me.
Seeing and hearing the same narratives over and over that conflict with every aspect of training and experience I have is extremely unsettling. I saw video interviews of students claiming multiple shooters. This is troubling as well.
I realize that the shooter apparently pulled the fire alarm to create chaos and provide a richer target environment (that alarm would have sent a signal to its precise time and location by the way) and tossing smoke bombs in a stairwell to drive the victims to the shooter's local
BUT: At least one interview I watched was a student saying her doorknob was rattled and she heard a voice say "Go try another door". This needs exploration. I can sit here and tell you who I think failed miserably but it is fruitless. I'll save that opinion for future reference.
In my utterly qualified, expert opinion, there are several troubling "Facts" being dispensed that I refuse to accept prima facia. Some of them are: Why was the shooter visited 39 times by local LE but never placed on a watch list and their right to a firearm flagged and denied.
Why was his extensive school discipline not compiled and presented to the school board for total expulsion from the schools? What was the FBI the first response when the school is so close to the PD and an officer with a radio was supposedly on campus?
How did CNN have so many "Kids" in place to echo their exact verbiage and focus on the actual weapon and not the shooter? Why isn't the alleged USSS involvement in a public school being examined? Who is this reoccurring "Student" that has family in the FBI?
Why are the interviews that do NOT agree with the one shooter or the narrative that CNN is pushing being heard? Why aren't the multiple videos available (With the floor plan I have seen I would have had approx 22 cameras in that building and had over 140 in my school) being seen?
I realize that some of the videos will be used for the trail of the shooter; however, it is in the interest of the public to see some of the unused footage that is available. Why was the USSS at a this school providing training 3 weeks prior?
And how was the weakest, sloppiest, and most often NOT on REAL location news company all over this son of the FBI agent with an amazing and uncanny ability to find a news camera in multiple sates [sites?] in the last six months?
Did this infamous teenager actually graduate already? Has the USSS ever been to any other schools to supervise and provide training for an active shooter situation? How could the USSS possibly visit all 22,000 High Schools in the US? And how would they be chosen?
Who identified this shooter and how did L.E. track him to the retail store he was arrested at? Why has the entire CNN narrative to attack the second amendment when at least THREE government institutions (possibly FIVE if you count DFACS) failed miserably to help the mentally ill
Why has the school district decided to demolish this building (like they did Sandy Hook) if their narrative is true and correct? Why not allow the forensics to be published and explored completely? Make it the offices of school safety as a monument even- But I digress.
All in all my PROFESSIONAL opinion is this stinks to high heavens. Either we are surrounded by the most incompetent news people in the world, who don't ask questions or give a damn about these murders, or they have NO concept of why this happened will happen again soon.
I for one am SICK TO DEATH of fake news outlets pretending this is about a rifle- its not. Its about a mentally ill person, totally abandoned and discarded and politically expediently ignored, by multiple agencies allowed to commit inhumane acts of terror due to incompetence. END
Coming from memory here as this question was raised a long time ago….
Why would the deep state fake an incident and not really kill lots of school children. (I think we were talking about Sandy Hook.) Aren’t they sociopaths and unbothered by killing children?
The answer is that the family of someone who is killed will not let go of a stories with inconsistencies. A loved one died, and if the story doesn’t clearly add up, they will not stop demanding answers. So if you are going to stage an incident, you really don’t want bereaved and furious family members on your case.
We saw this with the families of the 9/11 victims.
Apparently, the school’s camera system wasn’t displaying on its monitors what was happening at the moment during the shooting. Inexplicably, the cameras were on a 20 minute delay. So when responding officers went to the office to try to gain some valuable tactical intelligence about what was happening and where, they were confused because they didn’t know what they were seeing on the monitors had happened 20 minutes earlier. The shooter had already snuck out of the building by then. That could easily have caused all kinds of confusion, including reports of multiple shooters and allowing the actual shooter to escape undetected when he heard police arriving. I can’t think of a good reason to have the camera system on a 20 minute delay.
The first YouTube video of a student claiming multiple shooters I tried to watch has already been taken down. YouTube isn’t helping clean up reports of the chaos so only one narrative gets through, are they? That’s just crazy talk. YouTube is so fair and objective. Same with CNN: completely trustworthy.
CNN seems to have been ready and waiting to take this incident and run with it to get the gun control they’ve always wanted. And they seem to be OK with presenting scripted shows disguised as news and interviews. So in this case, did they have advance notice or is it just that they are primed and ready to respond to the next incident with a full court press for gun control?
And there are a lot of unanswered questions about this David Hogg character. He told media he recorded interviews of students hiding in a closet during the shooting, but he himself states the recording is at 9:30 am, but the shooting starts at 2:21. It’s entirely possible he’s just the son of an FBI agent, loves CNN and wants to be a “journalist,” and has a knack for getting in front of cameras (his and MSM’s, in FL and CA). And maybe the MSM loves to interview him over and over because he says everything they want him to say.
I am particularly intrigued about the claims made by the retired school administrator you cite (that I haven’t heard anywhere else) that FBI agents were the first to respond to the scene and that the Secret Service had been at the school doing a training three weeks earlier. Highly unusual, even unheard of or unprecendented. I’m going to try to confirm those assertions elsewhere. (BTW, apparently there was an active shooter drill or “fire drill” at the school on the morning of the attack which started at 2:21 pm. Why are there drills so close in time and place to some of these events, like the Boston Marathon bombing?!) In nearly 20 years in the police department I’ve only heard of FBI agents arriving first at the scene of a crime in progress in one instance: at a bank robbery on the main north/south street in Philadelphia. There had been a pattern of bank robberies on and near that street (Broad St) and they had been out doing something unusual for FBI agents: patrolling, looking for the suspect. We have a major FBI field office in Philadelphia, so it would be easy for agents to go out looking for a bank robbery suspect. Parkland doesn’t have it’s own field office so Miami is the nearest field office, 24 miles away. It sure is interesting that agents just happened to be in Parkland when the shooting started AND they just happened to be listening to police radio bands (not routine) AND they just happened to be so close they arrived before local police. Statiscally highly improbable, but not impossible. Maybe they were interviewing someone in town on an unrelated case, or conducting surveillance on somebody. I’m having difficulty using Google’s (massaged) search engine finding evidence that the US Secret Service had been at the school in the weeks before the shooting.
At this early juncture, there have been some improbable events claimed to have occured. Time will tell. Or maybe not. Maybe everything will be covered up, all the loose ends disappeared, and the FBI will take over and won’t give out any more information for a year (ala Mandalay Bay).
I’m having difficulty using Google’s (massaged) search engine finding evidence that the US Secret Service had been at the school in the weeks before the shooting.
Try duckduckgo, the search engine which (it claims) doesn’t track you and keep a record of what you search for and find. It’s not quite as good as Google at finding stuff, but it is getting better. Until the day it’s co-opted…
All in all my PROFESSIONAL opinion is this stinks to high heavens. Either we are surrounded by the most incompetent news people in the world, who don’t ask questions or give a damn about these murders, or they have NO concept of why this happened will happen again soon.
There’s a third possibility here, that this “event” is manufactured legal propaganda under the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 and that the press are effectively in on it and complicit.
There is a politically correct way police and school personnel now operate together to hide criminal incidents at schools and attempt to deal with it by applying social work and psychology. This enabled the Florida shooter to go from bad to worse and then commit an atrocity.
The Broward County Sheriff’s Office (BSO) didn’t “miss warning signs” or make “mistakes” in not writing up reports. The Sheriff’s office did exactly what their internal policies, procedures and official training required them to do, they intentionally ignored the signs, and intentionally didn’t generate documents. Example:
Miami Herald […] In November, a tipster called BSO to say Cruz “could be a school shooter in the making” but deputies did not write up a report on that warning. It came just weeks after a relative called urging BSO to seize his weapons. Two years ago, according to a newly released timeline of interactions with Cruz’s family, a deputy investigated a report that Cruz “planned to shoot up the school” — intelligence that was forwarded to the school’s resource officer, with no apparent result. (read more)
It is important to understand the policy here. Broward County law enforcement (Sheriff Israel), in conjunction with Broward County School Officials (Superintendent Runcie and School Board), have a standing policy to ignore any criminal engagement with High School students.
When the police are hiding current, actual and ongoing unlawful conduct as a matter of standard procedure on a regular basis, what do we expect the police would do with reports of potential unlawful conduct? Of course they would ignore them.
♦ Secondly, the 27 minute tape-delay in the CCTV system is not an “accident”, “flaw” or “mistake”. It is entirely by design.
As a standard Broward and Miami-Dade practice, when school law enforcement need to cover-up or hide behavior, they need time (when that behavior happens) to delete the evidence trail. As such the school policy -as carried out in practice- is more efficient with a 30 minute tape delay affording the school officer enough time to deal with the situation, then erase the possibility of a recording of the unlawful activity surfacing.
Building in a 30 minute delay on the CCTV system was one of those pesky add-on items that happened a few years ago when the School and Law Enforcement officials established the policy of intentionally not arresting students.
With modern technology it’s tough to hide criminal behavior, especially the violent stuff, when it is being recorded. Duh. Ergo the tape-delay was the best-practice workaround.
Lastly, when the county education policy is intentionally constructed to ignore criminal behavior in schools, the Sheriff and School superintendent cannot rely on “law-and-order-minded” school police officers to carry out the heavily nuanced policy. The county officials need the people closest to the work, the officers, to be able to think quickly on their feet to safeguard their prized district-wide statistics.
2013 – Broward announced broad changes designed to mitigate the use of harsh punishments for minor misbehavior at the beginning of this school year. While other districts have amended their discipline codes, prohibited arrests in some circumstances, and developed alternatives to suspension, Broward was able to do all these things at once with the cooperation of a group that included a member of the local NAACP, a school board member, a public defender, a local sheriff, a state prosecutor, and several others. In early November, The Miami Herald reported that suspensions were already down 40 percent and arrests were down 66 percent. (2013 article link)
A Broward County SRO must carry a political hat and be able to intercept behavior, modify his/her action based on a specific policy need, falsify documents, hide evidence, manipulate records and engage inside the system with an understanding of the unwritten goals.
Broward County school law enforcement are given political instructions, and carrying out political objectives. They are not given law-enforcement instructions.
The school officers are the primary foot soldiers carrying out county political policy. Physical security of school students is not their role, they don’t have time for that. The Broward County SRO is in place to protect the school system “policy” and ensure students are not arrested for criminal conduct.
If you begin reviewing the downstream consequences with a correct understanding of the originating policy objectives then everything begins to make sense. Again, from the Miami Herald:
[…] on Nov. 30, an unidentified caller from Massachusetts called to say Cruz was collecting guns and knives. The caller said “Cruz will kill himself one day and believes he could be a school shooter in the making.”
BSO, however, never even wrote a report on the tip. Internal affairs detectives are now trying to figure out what happened. Deputies Edward Eason and Guntis Treijs are on restricted duty while detectives examine their handling of the two potential school shooter tips. After the shooting, the tipster was re-interviewed and said BSO told him to report Cruz to the Palm Beach Sheriff’s, as the teen was then living in the neighboring county. (read more)
Of course the Broward County Sheriff’s Office didn’t write a report. Writing a report would not be in line with the goals of hiding student criminal behavior.
Additionally, it seems odd to see the Miami Herald reporting on Nikolas Cruz in 2018; when the same editorial staff conspicuously avoided any aspects of Trayvon Martin’s student criminal behavior in 2012 and 2013. I wonder why there’s such a difference now?
[School Police Officer Scot] Peterson is mentioned as part of a 2016 social services agency investigation into Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old identified by police as the gunman. According to a Florida Department of Children and Families report detailing that investigation, Peterson was approached by investigators and “refused to share any information … regarding [an] incident that took place with” the teenager.
That same year, the sheriff’s office revealed Thursday, it was told about “third hand information” from a “neighbor’s son” suggesting that Cruz “planned to shoot up the school,” although the specific school was not listed. The sheriff’s office said a deputy contacted the caller, determined that Cruz had knives and a BB gun and sent the information to the school resource officer — presumably Peterson. It is unclear whether he investigated. (Washington Post Link)
▪ Feb. 5, 2016: A Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy is told by an anonymous caller that Nikolas Cruz, then 17, had threatened on Instagram to shoot up his school and posted a photo of himself with guns. The information is forwarded to BSO Deputy Scot Peterson, a school resource officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
▪ Sept. 23, 2016: A “peer counselor” reports to Peterson that Cruz had possibly ingested gasoline in a suicide attempt, was cutting himself and wanted to buy a gun. A mental health counselor advises against involuntarily committing Cruz. The high school says it will conduct a threat assessment.
▪ Sept. 28, 2016: An investigator for the Florida Department of Children and Families rules Cruz is stable, despite “fresh cuts” on his arms. His mother, Lynda Cruz, says in the past he wrote a racial slur against African Americans on his book bag and had recently talked of buying firearms.
▪ Sept. 24, 2017: A YouTube user named “nikolas cruz” posts a comment stating he wants to become a “professional school shooter.” The comment is reported to the FBI in Mississippi, which fails to make the connection to Cruz in South Florida.
▪ Nov. 1, 2017: Katherine Blaine, Lynda Cruz’s cousin, calls BSO to report that Nikolas Cruz had weapons and asks that police recover them. A “close family friend” agrees to take the firearms, according to BSO.
▪ Nov. 29, 2017: The Palm Beach County family that took in Cruz after the death of his mother calls the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office to report a fight between him and their son, 22. A member of the family says that Cruz had threatened to “get his gun and come back” and that he has “put the gun to others’ heads in the past.” The family does not want him arrested once he calms down.
▪ Nov. 30, 2017: A caller from Massachusetts calls BSO to report that Cruz is collecting guns and knives and could be a “school shooter in the making.” A BSO deputy advises the caller to contact the Palm Beach sheriff.
▪ Jan. 5, 2018: A caller to the FBI’s tip line reports that Cruz has “a desire to kill people” and could potentially conduct a school shooting. The information is never passed on to the FBI’s office in Miami.
▪ Feb. 14, 2018: Nikolas Cruz attacks Stoneman Douglas High. Peterson, the school’s resource officer, Scot Peterson, draws his gun outside the building where Cruz is shooting students and staff. He does not enter.
William Cooper wrote a book “Behold, a Pale Horse” that is sort of a cult classic in the global conspiracy theory niche. Obviously, you will never find his views corroborated from “reputable and authoritative news sources,” and he simply may have been completely wrong. It is the kind of stuff that becomes more clear in hindsight.
Cooper predicted that school shootings would be used to induce the public to disarm themselves “to protect the children.”
The government encouraged the manufacture and importation of military firearms for the criminals to use. This is intended to foster a feeling of insecurity, which would lead the American people to voluntarily disarm themselves by passing laws against firearms. Using drugs and hypnosis on mental patients in a process called Orion, the CIA inculcated the desire in these people to open fire on schoolyards and thus inflame the antigun lobby. This plan is well under way, and so far is working perfectly. The middle class is begging the government to do away with the 2nd amendment.Cooper, William. Behold a Pale Horse (Kindle Locations 3572-3574). Kindle Edition.
I will post the photo Tom linked as there is quite a bit of information here.
It is kind of like the atypical behavior of parents watching the kids be evacuated from Sandy Hook. Doesn’t PROVE anything, but isn’t what you would normally expect, either. If you are already suspicious, this kind of thing ratchets it up another notch. (But if you start from a place of trust in the story, it is inconclusive, tangential, “disrespectful of the murdered children” and wacko ….)
and informed like no other “approved” news outlet!
Thanks for taking the time to do this!