It seems after multiple news sources started pointing out all the warning signs exhibited by the parkland shooter Broward County has spent over $200,000 trying to cover it up. We first shared reports of Broward county trying to hide this information back in may
According to the Tribunist The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School left 17 people dead. After tragic events like this, authorities try to figure out how they may have missed warning signs. Most of them, anyhow. A new report is casting serious doubt on how Broward County handled Nikolas Cruz before the shooting. And how they have handled the aftermath is only making matters worse.
The report, published by the Sun Sentinel, shows that Broward County had no interest in learning from the tragedy. Instead the school system went into damage control mode and sought to protect itself.
The reason for the aggressive posture? The new report suggests that the school system was well aware of the dangers posed by Cruz and wanted to shield itself from litigation.
“For months, Broward schools delayed or withheld records, refused to publicly assess the role of employees, spread misinformation and even sought to jail reporters who published the truth,” the paper reported.
The county’s efforts were far reaching. They continue to refuse the release of some records. They paid $200,000 to a consultant who came in and advised everyone involved to stay quiet about anything they might know.
Superintendent Robert Runcie is denying that there’s been a cover up of any sort. “That can’t be characterized — and should not be characterized — as the district doesn’t want to provide more information,” he told reporters. “We work to be as transparent as possible. … We have nothing to hide.”
“There’s no conversation anywhere in this district about withholding any information that we can readily provide. I haven’t had those conversations. I haven’t heard about them.”
The paper points out that this is a familiar line for Runcie.
“Look, we want to be as transparent and as clear as possible,” Runcie said back in May. “It’s the only way that we’re going to get better as a school district, as a society, to make sure that we can put things in place so that these types of tragedies don’t happen again.”
“We cannot undo the heartbreak this attack has caused in the community,” he said in March, “but we can try to understand the conditions that led to such acts in hopes of avoiding them in the future.”
Yet no effort at transparency seems to have been made. Instead, the county hired a consultant to go back over the county’s paper-trail before the shooting. They were looking for anything damning regarding Cruz in order to “further assist the client in ongoing litigation matters.”
The Sun Sentinel was able to get a copy of the consultant’s report. The finding? “Cruz was deeply troubled; the district improperly withdrew…