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Waiting outside is inexcusable
The lack of action and proper protocol seen by the responding officers of the law is astounding to say the least. It has many of the people who live here still enraged and asking questions. Allow me to break this down to the simplest form, if I may. Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado was the site of what was at the time the most horrendous massacre at a school facility back in April of 1999. Two killers, armed to the teeth, attacked classmates and staff and were responsible for 13 murders and over 2 dozen injured.
SWAT teams entered the school 47 minutes after the shootings started.
Five hours passed before law enforcement declared the school under control.
The pair made home videos prior to the attack making references to what they were going to do and apologizing to their parents for it. They killed themselves with gunshot wounds to the head in the school’s library on the day of the shootings.
One of the massive takeaways by the law enforcement community across the nation after this event was the notion that responding officers would never wait again. Waiting for backup, SWAT, or other officers was now frowned upon as ELIMINATING THE THREAT became the understood absolute first thing to do and Standard Operating Procedure. The goal was to save lives and stopping the shooter that is actively shooting at innocents, period. Time was the major consideration. Again, waiting after 1999 is not a option when responding to an active killer episode.
Except in Parkland on February 14th, 2018. Accounts and video proof show that the on campus, armed BSO school resource officer heard the shots and responded by finding cover and waiting for backup. He did nothing to stop the shooter. Andrew Pollack, father of student victim Meadow Pollack put it best when he called him a “mother fucking coward”.
In addition, there were BSO SWAT officers that arrived, armed themselves in front of the school, and were told to stand down. They “stacked up” behind the cover of vehicles and remained outside of the buildings. BSO Captain Jan Jordan, commander of the BSO’s Parkland district, gave the verbal command over the air, telling deputies to form a perimeter around the scene — which they did instead of going in to confront the shooter.
I was aware of this on day one as the CSPD were the officers that rushed the buildings, took care of the wounded, and evacuated those that could be saved.
My question here remains as well – Captain Jordan, why was there an order to not enter? Who is she? And why would she do it?
What it should have looked like is simple. Any and all responding officers use clear communication and their training to run in, find an active killer, and put him down to stop the killing as soon as possible.
The order to stay out and wait is inexcusable. I will never accept anything other than complete incompetence or intentional sabotage as the reasons that this happened until someone can explain it to clarity and satisfaction. Its downright maddening, and I don’t see honest answers forthcoming anytime soon.
In addition, there were also two officers that were training at the nearby CSPD training facility and took the initiative to run to the scene and assist as they could. Get this – they were from nearby Miramar, Florida, a town 25 minutes away. As a result of their actions, they were reprimanded! I’ll say that again, we are praising the BSO in the press and they stood outside waiting as kids died inside. The 2 officers that ran towards the action were suspended. You cannot make this up, yet it is 100% true.