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Stoneman Douglas Survivor Floored as Staff Stages Protest To Bring Back Inept Admins

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Months after the February mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Florida, three inept administrators and a guard have been given reassignments away from the facility.

Assistant Principals Denise Reed, Jeff Morford and Winfred Porter Jr. were reassigned Monday to offices away from the school, the Sun-Sentinel reported. Security specialist Kelvin Greenleaf was also moved.

Some members of the school’s faculty and students protested the move by staging a walkout Tuesday morning, according to NBC 6 in Miami. About 50 faculty and about a dozen students took part, the station reported.

Conservative student Kyle Kashuv, a Stoneman Douglas senior, wasn’t impressed by the protest, calling it a publicity stunt by the faculty and an “embarrassment” to the school.

In a series of tweets, he wrote that those protesting should be moved to the same desk jobs as the reassigned administrators — and that he’d “lost all faith” in the public schools of Broward County, Florida.

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One teacher-protester told NBC 6 the teachers were standing up for the administrators for the sake of the school.

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“Many of the teachers are here because of our administrative team and now they’re ripping out our team,” teacher and protest organizer Greg Pittman told the station. “That is not helping the school stay together. Why did they wait until mid-November if they were such a problem or a threat?”

The news release didn’t give any reasons for the reassignments, according to NBC 6. Still, Kashuv’s outrage is understandable, considering how these adults handled the events leading up to and surrounding the Feb. 14 shooting that resulted in the deaths of 17 students and teachers.

Morford reportedly ignored warnings about the shooter’s disturbing internet searches and unsettling remarks. Some students said the administrator at one point told them to Google “autism,” implying the future gunman posed no threat, but Morford denied that conversation occurred, according to NBC 6.

Reed, who administered special needs education at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, was also reassigned. The shooter was deprived of counseling and specialized school services for over a year prior to the attack, an independent investigation cited by the Sun-Sentinel discovered.

Greenleaf, meanwhile, accompanied Broward County sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson as he infamously hid outside a school building while shots rang out. Peterson defended the cowardly action as a tactical move, consistent with Broward County law enforcement training.

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In his posts, Kashuv also alluded to an earlier run-in with Greenleaf that shows the “security specialist” may not be the best around grieving children.

Porter might have been reassigned because of a crucial mistake that occurred on the day of the shooting.

According to WLRN:

“Porter contributed to law enforcement’s slow response to the third floor of building 12, where 10 people had been shot. Porter at first told police the surveillance footage they were watching was live when it was actually delayed by 26 minutes.

“The footage made police believe Cruz was still in the building and armed when he had actually already fled, causing them to stay put rather than advance to the third floor to attend to the dead and wounded.”

In the leadup to the tragedy, though, Porter seems to be the only reassigned administrator who even attempted to prevent the shooting.

Porter called in an expert to review the school’s readiness. Unfortunately, the attack occurred only a few months after the assessment.

Porter’s care for the school kids and attention to detail may be why he was named the assistant principal of the year only a few days before the shooting.

As the investigation into the shooting continues, it seems that students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas will not see a proper accounting of responsibility anytime soon.

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Jared has written more than 200 articles and assigned hundreds more since he joined The Western Journal in February 2017. He was an infantryman in the Arkansas and Georgia National Guard and is a husband, dad and aspiring farmer.
Jared has written more than 200 articles and assigned hundreds more since he joined The Western Journal in February 2017. He is a husband, dad, and aspiring farmer. He was an infantryman in the Arkansas and Georgia National Guard. If he's not with his wife and son, then he's either shooting guns or working on his motorcycle.
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