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Offbeat Parkland parent resigns from state commission to investigate Stoneman Douglas shooting

19:30  07 june  2018
19:30  07 june  2018 Source:   latimes.com

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a man sitting at a table: Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow was killed in the shooting, at a meeting of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission in April. Pollack resigned last month from the commission in order to pursue his own probe. © Amy Beth Bennett/Sun Sentinel/TNS Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow was killed in the shooting, at a meeting of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission in April. Pollack resigned last month from the commission in order to pursue his own probe. FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow was killed in the deadly school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, quietly resigned last month from a state commission created to investigate the shooting in order to pursue his own probe.

Pollack, among the more outspoken Parkland parents, submitted a resignation letter following the commission's first meeting in April, announcing that he was leaving. Pollack wrote in the letter - dated May 4 and read Thursday morning into the record by commission chairman Sheriff Bob Gualtieri - that he wants to focus on the upcoming Broward School Board elections and on an independent investigation in which he's involved.

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"It is my intention to get individuals elected to our school board who will take preventative measures to keep our schools safe," Pollack wrote. "I will also be spending my time and resources on an independent investigation that will get to the bottom of who is responsible for the atrocities that occurred in our school on Valentine's Day 2018, the last Valentine's Day I will ever spend with my daughter."

Pollack was appointed to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission by Gov. Rick Scott. He has been extremely critical of the Broward School district and the Broward Sheriff's Office, and has created a messaging campaign to promote safety measures in schools, such as metal detectors. He was among the group of parents whose lobbying helped push a gun-control and school-safety bill through the Florida Legislature this year.

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Instead, Mr. Cruz, a former Stoneman Douglas High student, carried out his carnage by walking down the The animation, played for members of a Florida commission investigating the mass shooting , showed The state commission , which has subpoena power, is expected to issue its findings and

Image. Students and parents passed by a memorial on their way to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland , Fla., on Wednesday.CreditSaul Martinez The bloodied shoes that Brooke had worn the day of the shooting had been taken away as evidence. Her favorite sweater was also seized.

Pollack has also sued Scot Peterson, the school resource officer who failed to enter the building where Nikolas Cruz carried out his attack, killing Meadow Pollack.

Pollack's resignation was announced one day after he walked onto campus and demanded that two school monitors be fired for failing to order a "code red" when they saw Cruz walking onto campus carrying a bag.

"It's my intention to make sure that all the individuals and agencies that are responsible for this massacre will be held legally accountable," Pollack wrote. "I have full faith that the members of this commission will get the answers that they are seeking and that they will continue to make sure that preventative measures are taken and that our schools can be made safe."

Gualtieri, the sheriff of Pinellas County, said he'll work with Scott's office to replace Pollack on the commission.

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