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Why Meadow Died: The People and Policies That Created The Parkland Shooter and Endanger America's Students

4.65  ·  Rating details ·  278 ratings  ·  57 reviews

As featured in the New York Post and as seen on Tucker Carlson,Fox and Friends, Martha MacCallum, and more.

The Parkland school shooting was the most avoidable mass murder in American history. And the policies that made it inevitable are being forced into public schools across America.

“After my sister Meadow was murdered at Marjory Stoneman
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 10th 2019 by Post Hill Press
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Gabriella Hoffman
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ve spent the better part of my Saturday reading this new book. This is one of the more difficult books I’ve read in a while, deconstructing how one of the worst mass shootings in US history was easily preventable. Trust me, you’ll want to add this to your reading listing.

Mr. Andrew Pollack, a father of a slain Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS student, Meadow Pollack, asked if I would review his book for The Resurgent and I immediately obliged. He coauthored it with Max Eden-whom I’ve met a time or
Lynn Mattis
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a MUST read for parents, teachers, school administrators, and politicians. Children need us to set our political parties aside and come together to end school violence. This book helps us dig deeper into the root cause.

When I closed the book and placed it down, my first thought was, “When did accountability and discipline develop a negative connotation in our country?” Today, discipline is almost stereotyped as a form of abuse. But, we need to ask ourselves, “Is it the lack of
Sam Nigro
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Review of "Why Meadow Died--the people and policies that created the Parkland shooter and endanger America's students,"--- by Andrew Pollack and Max Eden, (and Hunter Pollock, Foreword), Simon & Schuster, 2019, 336 pages...

Commentary by Samuel A. Nigro, MD, retired psychiatrist, Kafkaesque Malicious-Law Criminalization-Hoax Victim, Copyright c 2019.

"WHY MEADOW DIED" is a father's cogent effort to prevent disturbed students from causing more harm. A 19 year old Parkland School student, long
Leeann Jonchuck
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Must Read

I have personally read the MSD Commission report. It was only after reading this book that I was able to see ALL of the failures. From Broward County School Board, the administration of MSD, the ESE system in Broward. I originally thought the fault was mainly with BSO. Now I know that a murderer, who was once just a child in need of services in Broward county was failed. The victims, who were staff and children in Broward County suffered the worst possible outcome because of these
T.D. Krupp
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read Andy Pollacks’ book in one day. Am so enraged. Our schools have become so dystopian with ‘data driven’ leniency that Orwell or Huxley would think them too far-fetched. Must read!
Jared Nuzzolillo
Our educational systems are tainted for ever

I am giving this book a rating of 5 because all the information in this book is true and needs to be exposed. I am hoping that many parents read this and inspire them to get involved in their children's education to know the policies that their school board have implemented.
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Straightforward Depiction of Corruption, Mismanagement, and Betrayal That Caused the Parkland Massacre

It is hardly believable that such deliberate corruption can exist in this country without repercussions to the perpetrators. I’m not talking about the shooter. I’m talking about everyone in this pipeline of selfish, self-aggrandizing, and self-seeking individuals who manipulated their positions and power to serve their own agendas. From President Barack Obama to Secretary of Education Arne
Michelle Soplata
An amazing in depth look into the school system.

I heard Andy speak on the radio about this book and I wanted to learn more about the MDS and how it may have been prevented. This was an eye opener for me. Nothing can take away the pain of losing a family member in a mass shooting, but there are policies that can help mitigate the possibility of mass shootings.
I applaud Andy, Max, Kenny and the rest of the people that are working on making schools safer for the students, teachers, and other
Robert Larson
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Extremely important to take time to read this work

Another very good book to read as well is THE PETER PRINCIPLE (people in bureaucracies tend to rise to their highest level of incompetence). That book explains the concept and this book fills in the blanks....
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stunning and heartbreaking book about the Stoneman Douglas “monster” and the failed “system that created him.” Kudos to Andrew Pollock for his mission to #fixit and fill his book with facts about the school system that will scare every parent.
R.E. Bryant
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jaw dropping!!!

I could hardly believe what I was reading, and maybe you will too. But because the information contained in this book would likely be challenged and called “fake” or “misguided” or even “racist”, the authors made sure to reference their findings. I know what they are saying is true because the first few pages of this book were familiar to me because of what my wife and friends who are educators have told me what is going on in their districts before I read it, and now it makes
Lisa  Keegan
if even half of what was said in this book, this one was effed up school situation. This didn't need to happen and it wasn't about the guns!
Michael Shutowick
Corruption and Incompetence

Tragic result fueled by incompetent and ideologically driven superintendent, school board, and sheriff. A culture of permissiveness, felon favoritism, and political correctness, spread throughout Broward schools. Bad behavior by unruly students was rarely documented and swept under the rug to create a false sense of security in the school district. This book is a must read by voters throughout the country.
Al Cole
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is powerful, emotional, and eye opening. You can truly see and feel the heart ache, heart break, and desperation for the truth. If yiubare a parent, grand parent, teacher, family member of a teacher, or just someone who love and cares for children, teachers, school, then this book is a must read. I can't recommend it enough!
Jan Adams
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shocking and troubling account ofthe policies implemented by this school district, the astonishing neglect by certain administrators and law enforcement, and the self-interest of administrators that enabled Nikolas Cruz to fulfill his school shooter fantasy. This book is NOT about the RESULT of a school shooting. It is about the policies failures that enabled it. Every administrator, teacher
Joel Watson
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Social Justice Industrial Complex is Killing our Schools

If you want to know the truth on what is happening in your schools you need to read this book. If I had to guess I would believe that these types of policies are not just affecting our K-12 schools but our colleges as well. The idea that we can fix our problems by not reporting them and sweeping it under the rug is just absurd. The only way we can #fixit is by talking to our teachers and our school board members to express our concerns. If
Michael Wiggins
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a difficult book to put down, even as it was hard to read about such a horrific event. As a firm believer in our Constitution and Bill of Rights, I have long been disheartened by the constant assaults on the Second Amendment that seem to flower after every mass shooting. It's a crummy thing to have to fight about, because no one, NO ONE, wants to have children at risk of dying because they went to school. Well, reading this book won't make anyone feel better about the solutions, because ...more
George Head
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I know that a novel is only as good as it can be related to in real life.

And Life... well... it can sometimes be so demanding and painful that it is only through well researched and well written factual reflection on events; that you are willing to reconsider your own emotions and put them up against those facts.

This book made me realize how anxious Anti Gun is to provide a SIMPLE? solution. Take the guns.

So.... when exactly and how exactly and why exactly will this happen?

You work on that.

Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, others
This was a hard book to read because of the emotional trauma involved. This is an expose of the people, policies and politics that directly enabled a troubled kid to create a horrific event. The scenarios involved included: affirmative action hiring of former US Ed Dept Arne Duncan’s unqualified IT man in Chicago hired as the school superintendent, implementation of the failed PROMISE program; an inept county sheriff; a school board failing to hold anyone accountable; a cowardly school safety ...more
Anne Meyer
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
I respect Andy Pollack, his position, the horror he's lived as a parent, and his passionate advocacy for change. I agree with him on many of his points, especially about the way that school districts tip-toe around special education students, particularly those who have shown clear violent tendencies and yet remain in buildings and in regular education classrooms. School systems absolutely need to look at those policies and make some realistic changes to ensure the safety of all students. Where ...more
Robin Berman
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
EVERYONE should read this book!
This is the truth about what caused the Parkland MSD high school shooting.
17 people were killed.

It could have been prevented, and the fault is with the school system, police in Broward, and the FBI - all knew about the shooter for many years, even when he was young. There were a million signs this would happen. Yet they did nothing.
I live only about 12 miles northeast of where the shooting took place.
The book explains everything that led up to the shooting, and
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read. Not only does this book open ones eyes to the takeover of our public education system by those who desire power over performance; it also begs the question of how many more tragedies do we need before we address the national apathy toward responsibility and accountability in our public institutions. The political power grab is predicated on the how rather than the why of Parkland. The why is hard and requires a culture change the how is easy and commands attention of a lazy press / ...more
Jeanne Morigeau
I'm afraid people won't read this book because it's been so heavily endorsed by the "wrong" kind of media. It shouldn't be about politics. It should be required reading. As a teacher, I now have such a better understanding as to why natural consequences and appropriate discipline has become a thing of the past and why I have had to suppress my fear of going to work sometimes.

A student who participated in three bomb scares in our district was allowed to graduate with my daughter's class. Last
Gus Philpott
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I began reading the Kindle version on the first day it was available, and I ordered the print edition before I finished it. The stories are so well told that we readers get a strong sense of the problems at MSD. On every page I am seeing my school district here in South Carolina. I addressed our school board in Columbia, S.C. on Feb. 27, 2018 on the topic of improving safety and was stonewalled in my requests. Offered participation and never heard a word back. Ready to help your work and efforts ...more
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
A Must Read!
This book is a heart breaking account of a devastating tragedy that was entirely avoidable. Please read this and learn from it so it doesn't happen again! The systemic failures that allowed a mentally ill child to grow into a mentally ill adult and wreak havoc on the innocents is unbelievable. Yes the shooter is guilty, yes automatic weapons are for killing people. But the take away is about political endeavors trumping children's safety. Rhetoric over reality is what happened here.
The Sandstress
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eye opening

I am so disappointed by the behavior of the politically correct. Everything is just for show, nothing gets fixed and it's all because of the fact that we are too busy to even notice or care about what has been happening for the last 30 years. We need to stand up to the bullies in the press, the left infiltrates and destroys every place it exists. They move into conservative States and turn them into hellholes. The South is the target. I feel so sad for the victims of Parkland and mad
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a very difficult book to read for a number of reasons. It is very emotional and it paints some disturbing pictures. It is also very crammed with detail, names and acronyms and as it walks through the recent shooting in Parkland Florida and events leading up to it.

As a parent of grown children, it confirmed some of what I felt I saw happening in our schools as my kids were growing up only worse than I had thought if the book paints an accurate picture. Disturbing things to think about.

Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
A clear warning of how lax to nonexistent school discipline policies coupled to weak and collapsing school security led to one of the worst school shootings in American history. If you want the truth about Parkland with a side of proselytizing, read this book. It's at times difficult to read - hence 4 stars out of 5 when really I wanted to give 4.5 out of 5, but important that folks learn the story of what led to 14 Feb. 2018 in Parkland. The educational industrial complex would so not want you ...more
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enlightening and frustrating

I gave this book 5 stars because this story needs to be told - written down and recorded so we know what happened and what lessons we need to learn as a society. It's of great value. Parents, school administrators, school board members and parents should read it to see the twisted results of social justice warriors at the highest levels. I'm so sorry these 17 kids had to die because of a bunch of self congratulatory adult bureaucrats!
Darrell Bryson
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An Astonishing and captivating read

This book is a must read for everyone in America. It just amazes me how many people have put politics above their children and don’t do anything to try to correct bad things that happen to them. We have become a nation that listens and give praise to our political leaders and do not use our brains to solve problems. God help us all as this nation sinks deeper into the miry clay with no return. We used to be better than this.
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