Student journo puts media elites to SHAME; lays out incredibly damning case against Broward officials

A handful of students from Stoneman Douglas High School were elevated by the national media because they were quick to call for gun control and attack the NRA, but this effort has distracted from looking closer to home for answers to a shooting that claimed 17 lives.

The media has shown little interest in accurately reporting on a failure to keep the students safe, but a local student journalist, Kenneth Preston, has made a damning case against Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie and the school board — only to be met with attempts to intimidate and silence him.

Preston took advantage of social media to shine a light on this campaign, sharing a video of his remarks before the Broward County School Board — Preston’s effort has resulted in a ton of accolades online.

That a 19-year-old student journalist pulled this feat off should be a source of shame for the “professionals.”

“Parkland parents, students, I went to the Broward School Board to seek answers for the potential negligence by Superintendent and Board prior to the tragedy at Stoneman,” the caption read. “Instead of addressing our concerns, they prevented us from speaking.”

In a series of tweets, Preston shared a comprehensive report exposing that over $100 million in school safety funds have gone unspent since 2014. He also highlighted an agreement between the school board and the Broward County Sheriff’s Office that keeps violent students — such as the gunman who opened fire at the school — out of jail.

This information coming on the same day the Broward County Sheriff’s union cast an overwhelming no-confidence vote against Sheriff Scott Israel, 534 – 94, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

The program lowered student arrests “by reshaping school discipline,” Preston said, placing troubled students into “rehabilitation programs” instead of jail.


Preston presents recent examples of how these progressive programs leave students at great risk.

With Preston exposing the rank hypocrisy of some of the board members, it’s more understandable why they are not eager to give him a voice.

And in his conclusion, the 19-year-old student journalist makes it clear the gunman alone is responsible for his actions, but that does not absolve local officials for their own failings.

Preston pointed out that “there hasn’t been a single change in leadership.” He also makes it clear that he is not finished.

The impressive reporting earned the praise of Hunter Pollack, who lost his sister, Meadow, in the February shooting.

Pollack joined the call for real accountability.

“My good friend @kennethrpreston just showed the world that our Sheriff and @RobertwRuncie do not put the safety of students first. Policy that allows violent students to stay in school cost 17 lives, and can potentially cause more lives to be taken. REPEAL THEM #FIXIT.”


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