To all, please indulge me. I had a bad night last night. I live close enough to Parkland High School, not real close, but close enough that alot of what's going on is talk here and hitting close to home. The video released yesterday of the sheriffs deputy staying outside is so horrible to me that I have been losing sleep. To think that the people that we trust most (our "finest" as they say) could simply wait and not take action to save schoolchildren, is so incredibly appalling to me, its hard for me to absorb. I'm an older guy, I'll admit, and some would say my generation grew up in a different time, a better time (though I don't think the fight for civil rights, Vietnam war, gas crisis, watergate, etc was such a bag of fun) but it some ways it was better. I walked to school from 6yrs old through high school. Neighborhoods were close knit, everyone watched out for each other, took action when necessary, and with good judgement. I got spanked a few times at a neighbors home, you bet. Back then as a kid you were guilty until proven innocent, and rightly so. Things are certainly different today, but still no parent wants their child harmed. And due to new societal norms, we must trust our public servants even more as both parents work to pay for a home that years ago a father could afford alone, along with two cars and two kids and a savings account. But to see a coward school cop, fat and weak, do nothing, is a betrayal of our moral fabric. Why did this happen? Mindset. We have a career law enforcement officer that allowed himself to get sloppy, no longer having the will to do his job effectively. This guy actually won a "Student Favorite" award in 2012. You know how to get that? By being a nice guy to the students, by being their pal. Back in high school our enforcement officer wasn't even a cop. He was a retired prison guard that struck fear in all because he was ready to address our BS every day. Nothing got by. I had the pleasure exactly once to meet him, and about pee'd my shoes standing in his office, because I knew he was willing to do whatever it took to get me back in line. And man did it work. I was a straight up arrow from that point forward. He would give me the knowing nod when he saw me in the halls, to note that he was watching. Chills. So back to mindset, there is controversy about whether he was ordered to stand down or not. A right mindset cop would have done what he needed, what was right at the moment, which was save those kids at the risk of his own life. But our Supreme Court has said that's not necessary, not required of a police officer. You don't have to endanger yourself to save a life. In fact, you may be fired for it and the dept sued if you do. But if not you, then who will save defenseless children? If he was told to stand down, the mindset of moral right still says go in. If it was procedure to go in, well I hope the mental torment follows him the rest of his days. I won't even go into how every facet of society failed the kid that committed this act. Is he responsible? Absolutely. Did he need help with mental issues, you bet...way before he acted out this way. In my neighborhood it would have been so OBVIOUS the parents would have found a way to help him. Every one knew the disadvantaged kids. Everyone knew the slow kids. Everyone PAYED attention. I weep for a world that only brings attention to the after affects of an act like this, with special interest groups manipulating the parents, schools, and students to act on their behalf with rallies and protests. These kids haven't even had the chance to grieve and they're being corralled to represent someone else's agenda. How do you think these events were created so quickly? Professional organizers, ready to act with the money and resources at just such an opportunity. The recent country wide protests and vigils were organized by the same people that organized the women's march in Washington DC last year. A liberal political group with gobs of money. You think the parents or schools paid for these kids to travel and supply everything so fast? Not a chance. The schools are broke and so are most parents. Bottom line, I don't know how parents protect and educate their children these days. The exposure to the real world starts at such a young age now, and that's a shame. For only a few years does a parent really have the opportunity to influence the lives of their children. But even there, the mindset to prepare your children against expected risks is a great challenge when you're never home to do it. So yeah, I've been losing sleep over this along with a lot of folks.