Letter to the Editor
Dear Editor,In loco parentis: a Latin term that means in the place of the parents. It is a principle that once applied to those charged with the education of children in the government schools. The principle was recognized as legitimate by court rulings. It empowered those employed by the government schools to act in the best interest of students under their supervision and control.
The law and the principle it embodies, was ignored in Florida recently. Children, employees charged with their care, and their families paid the price for violation of the law. The killings at Douglas High School should not have happened. The culprit in the incident was not a gun. The real culprit was a troubled nineteen year old kid misusing a gun.
His use of prescribed psychotic drugs was acceptable to school officials. The use of such drugs should have eliminated his right to legally purchase firearms. It did not. The FBI had been warned that Nikolas Cruz posed a threat. The warning was ignored by the FBI who should have cooperated with local law enforcement to deny the shooter entry to the gun free zone.
A profile has been developed for identifying troubled kids like Cruz. The profile should have alerted school staff to stand in the place of the parents. Student identification protocols at the school were ignored which allowed the shooter access to his targets. But the media theme is that the gun and the NRA are the criminals.
Our Second Amendment right affirms the principle of our right to self-protection against any threat. These principles must be defended. The real culprits in this tragedy must face prosecution. Defending our right to life is more important than banning guns.
By defending the right to life principle, certain individuals must face criminal charges. The shooter must forfeit his life. Justice requires the school superintendent be fired and face criminal charges with the possibility of incarceration. Families of the victims should be filing civil suits against government officials. The superintendent should be held personally liable for compensatory damages to families of victims. The school principal should face the same fate as the superintendent.
The FBI Director and others should be fired or demoted and face civil rights violations for failure to perform their duty. The parents of the shooter should be liable for damages. The politicians using the Douglas High School murders to their advantage should also face criminal and civil charges for malfeasance. It is safe to say that no government official, elected, appointed or hired will face any charges in the latest school shooting.
The right to life and the right to defend life is absolute. It should not be irrevocable nor made a political issue. Legal abortion and the killing of children at school are present realities. The politicization, rather than prosecution, of those responsible is clear evidence of what the politicians believe. Only when government officials are made to suffer for their intransigence will these school shootings stop.