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

4.52  ·  Rating details ·  592 ratings  ·  135 reviews

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

Voted by Book Authority as one of the ten best social policy books of all time!

The Parkland school shooting was the most avoidable mass murder in American history. And the policies that made it inevitable are being forced into publ
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 disci
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 failu
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.
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fascinating non-fiction book by a father whose daughter was killed in the Parkland, Florida, school shooting. He dissects this “most avoidable mass murder in American history” and lays out all the facts of the shooting, the shooter, and the school administrators who failed to protect the children on that tragic day. As a mother and a substitute teacher at the local high school, I found the discussion of failed school policies and leniency in the name of social justice absolutely sickening. Paren ...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
Maureen DeLuca
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a horrible true story of how our Education System has FAILED- big time. School taxes keep going up and up and up ..... and our public schools are nothing but a big fat failure! I knew about this "Promise Program" for quite a long time- so I wasn't surprised when something like this happened . It is a heart breaking read- ...more
Madness. Absolute fucking madness.

I was a few months short of seven years-old when Columbine happened. My childhood education, as a Millennial, was underscored by the fact that school shootings are never, ever something to joke about, because a SWAT team will descend from the ceiling, guns blazing, to start interrogating you. Fuck me, even having a list of names in a journal was enough to get you hauled out to the principal's office for fear that you were writing a kill list.

But now, in the year
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 Dunca
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 facul
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.
Jan 18, 2020 added it
I feel the deepest sympathy for Andy Pollack who lost his daughter Meadow, and all the other families affected by mass shootings in schools.

I respect his efforts to find and expose the truth and the essential reporting done in this book.

There is little doubt that the Broward County School district failed to protect the students at MSDH and failed to properly deal with Cruz throughout his school career. This is information that the public has a right to and I am grateful for the full picture laid
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An outstanding and fair analysis of the disaster that liberal Democrat policies have made of our public school system. Should absolutely be required reading for every student, parent, teacher, and American.
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! ...more
Holly S
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Disturbing evidence about how an entire school system failed to protect students and teachers. Politics, miscommunication, pubic indifference, and tragedy.
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! ...more
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 sen
Feb 22, 2020 rated it liked it
This book has been the most difficult read I’ve had in a while. Partly due to the horrific tragedy that occurred in Parkland, partly due to the gross negligence and cover up tactics of the Brownward County School District, and partly due to the partisan issues it arises. From a school counseling perspective, I found it difficult to attribute this kind of disaster to some of the policies that this book discussed (i.e., calling social justice and “industrial concept”), which in a way was a helpful ...more
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
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Don't read this book before trying to go to sleep. It is disturbing. The killing of 17 people at a high school in Parkland, FL was tragic and could have been prevented. People and policies failed those victims and their families in so many ways, before, during and after the shooting. It failed the shooter, too. Haunting. ...more
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.
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
Oct 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
A difficult book, obviously, and one that will likely make you by turns sad, furious, and exasperated.

So, villains:

- the coward Scot Peterson - hid in the parking lot rather than entering the building and squaring off like his job demanded. Fuck this guy

- the sociopath Scott Israel - learned that his son sexually assaulted a classmate. That Israel was more interested in fame than in managing a police force was already known. We don't have a functioning media in this country, but that Broward's
This book is horrible to read. I felt like vomiting multiple times as I read through the book. The ordeals of the families of those children killed. The monstrous evil nurtured and grown through the educational poison that Arnie Duncan crafted. He was Obama's education secretary. The screaming pain of the young man who grew into the monster who killed 17 young people, thank you Arnie Duncan and Robert Runcie (Broward School Superintendent) who helped pave these evil paths.

God bless Andrew Polla
Kris Ziegelhofer
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an extremely important book. When the Parkland shooting quickly became about gun control, it was apparent to me that the gun was not the problem. The real issue is how do kids get to the place where they shoot up a school and what can be done to stop it. This book outlines all the ways Broward schools failed the shooter and, ultimately, all children and teachers under their care. "Leniency" policies and programs like PROMISE result in more violence, less respect for teachers and more dan ...more
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
Chelsea Miller
I think this would be a great audiobook and this is information everyone should hear. I don’t know what the answer is except for people to have this information so they know it is up to them to get law enforcement involved.

I have a child in middle school and what the author describes at MSD is not an exaggeration. However, he points to recent changes in school discipline as the cause but I believe they have been around for a while. In the 1990’s I had an abusive boyfriend who started abusing me
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
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