Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino was invited on Fox News to break down disturbing new Parkland shooting audio, which reveals that a deputy who did not enter Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School while schoolchildren were under fire indeed knew the mass shooter was inside the building.
“Joining me now Dan Bongino former Secret Service agent and former NYPD officer. You have been listening to all of this, Dan, your thoughts?” Fox News host Sandra Smith asked.
“Well, Sandra, after Columbine, the entire training to active shooter response incidents was overhauled,” Bongino said. “The idea of a perimeter and a hostage negotiation went out the window. After Columbine, all the training methods were to respond immediately to the problem.”
“Having said that, there are multiple systems out there,” he continued. “The alert system is one of them. There are a number of systems, some of them respond to the problem by yourself. Some teach respond as a team and in tandem.”
“Let me be clear on this,” he said. “None of these systems used now in this post-Columbine era teach set up a perimeter and stay 500 feet away from the building. None. None that I know of. You know, email me if you see otherwise. I have never heard of anything like this. It is a puzzling, puzzling piece of audio that 911 call.”
“Now, knowing what we know because of these phone calls, Dan, you wonder if as a country we can learn from this, how to prevent this type of flawed response should this, God forbid, happen again,” Smith said.
“Yeah, law enforcement, firemen, our military personnel, these are unique jobs,” he said. “I was in it for 15-plus years of my life at the federal and local level with the NYPD and Secret Service. And your entire career in many of these cases is measured by what you do in the critical seconds in a crisis.”
“This deputy, he had a tough job,” Bongino said. “Everybody gets it, but his job that day was to stop that threat. Even at the cost of his own life as we have seen these officers tragically killed in the line of duty. That’s what you sign up for. In those critical seconds, he failed. There is no other way to describe that.
“I can only hope from this unspeakable tragedy that police departments around the country, state, federal and local, hammer home their training over and over and over and double down now on expanding their training and making sure everybody understands,” Bongino said. “Maximum to the problem. Minimum to the perimeter. You have to stop the problem or the body count is going to add up in these things.”
Bongino goes on to explain that a “dirty little secret” in law enforcement around the country is that a lot of training necessary to handle such crisis situations has been “deprioritized” due to “political correctness.”
It’s clear that an overhaul in our law enforcement approach is needed, but there is still far from a consensus on how we as a nation address the national scourge of school shootings.
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