SHOULD THE INVESTIGATION OF ANDREW MEDINA AS A SEXUAL PREDATOR BE REOPENED?

After having read the half-ass investigative report by the Broward School Board investigative unit and the Coward of Broward Scott Peterson, I would like to ask Sheriff Gregory Tony to re-open the investigation into Medina’s lewd conduct toward underage female students and MSD. I did some research into potential charges against him and I think a case can be made for prosecution under Florida Statute Section 800.101 which would be a second degree felony.

I think the case should be reopened and BSO should investigate whether other students were solicited by Medina. I do not believe anyone actually made an attempt to find all of his victims and I hope that students and/or graduates will come forward and tell the authorities exactly what Medina did at MSD. Anyone who has information on Medina and needs assistance should feel free to contact our law firm and we are happy to help you on a pro bono basis get to the right people to tell your story.

We owe it to the MSD community to right this wrong and hold this man accountable. We also owe it to all of his victims, including the late Meadow Pollack. It makes me furious that he was given a 3 day suspension for his heinous conduct in harassing these female students. The words he used, the comments he made and the solicitation of these underage females were all lewd. His ridiculous treatment/punishment is all part of what spawned the #MeToo movement.

I want to ask my sisters in Broward County and throughout the United States to stand with us in asking Sheriff Tony to reopen Medina's investigation and permit other potential victims to come forward. These victims deserve justice and if Medina is guilty he needs to be taken off the street so he cannot prey upon anymore underage girls.

What February 14th Means To US

February 14th is generally a celebration of love and happiness. But our Firm has decided to close our offices that day and spend the day reflecting on the MSD massacre. We cannot find it in ourselves to celebrate a day of love when so many are hurting in our community. We do not judge anyone who does celebrate. We just want the families and victims, students and teachers to know that we stand with them, for them and against anyone who would dare desecrate this day.

There is no joy in the loss of beautiful, talented, loving family members from MSD. We understand that. And after February 14th, we intend to get back to the business of attacking those who facilitated this disgusting tragedy. That includes the shooter AND SO MANY MORE. But for one day, we will praise God’s goodness in sending us 17 angels who brought light to the life of so many and whose lives were cut short.

So to our Broward community, we pray for peace, justice, serenity and truth. And we acknowledge the outpouring of love from our community to the Parkland victims, and we pray that you may receive “the peace of God, that surpasses all understanding.”

I think our whole community needs that, our state needs that, and our nation needs that. I do not believe this will be the last school shooting and indeed others have followed. But I do believe that the families of those 17 angels hold the key to our future and that their insight is invaluable to saving our country and children. I pray for all of them everyday and so should you. Our future depends on it. May the MSD victims all rest in peace. May God in his Glory Be Shone Through Those Who Work To Bless And Protect Our Community.

BROWARD RESIDENTS NEED TO STAND UP FOR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS-VOTE OUT THE SCHOOL BOARD INCUMBENTS

This is not a political message.  Just like I am color blind, I am also apolitical.  I don't care if you are a Democrat, a Republican or an Independent, politics are irrelevant when it comes to school safety AND when it comes to accountability for the Feb. 2018 Parkland massacre.

Because I am color blind, I don't see that School Board leader Runcie is black, just like I don't see that Sheriff Israel is white. I don't care if they both are purple or blue.  I hold them both equally accountable for that fateful day when we lost 17 precious people at MSD and many others were injured.  I also hold ALL of the current School Board members accountable for this tragedy.  Anyone and everyone who could have prevented this tragedy failed.  That has become pretty obvious pretty quickly.

But to make matters worse, Broward schools start again this week and I don't think they are any safer now than they were on February 13, 2018.  In fact, I think they are more dangerous now because it has become crystal clear that there are no security systems (or people) in place that adequately protect our students or teachers STILL.

Israel and Runcie are cut from the same cloth.  They are brothers from another mother.  They both make political decisions to protect themselves and their cronies that adversely impact the very people they are charged with the responsibility of protecting. Runcie and Israel cut deals to "pay back" their supporters with lucrative positions in their organizations and the award of pricey contracts to outside "consultants" who are people who will gladly do their dirty work for them. Both of these men are incompetent, corrupt, unethical and useless. They both need to be fired and then charged with neglect of duty and public corruption.  They reaped the rewards of living on the public payroll while not performing their responsibilities and now it is time for them to pay for that.  They both should be sitting in a cell beside Nikolas Cruz.  They created him.

Then let's talk about the poor Broward teachers.  Represented by BTU (which really stands for Bully, Threaten and Undermine not Broward Teacher's Union), the teachers have received no support from BTU. They have been threatened if they speak out about the atrocities of the School District and School administrators.   The teachers at MSD received no help, counseling or assistance with coping with the MSD shooting.  That is just wrong. But no one at the School District cares. Everyone in executive administration at BTU should also be held accountable and fired.  You can't represent the interest of the teachers in Broward County when you silence them, prohibit any teachers from receiving the help they desperately need, and bully anyone who stands up for them.

I urge the residents of Broward County to vote against any incumbent school board member.  Candidates like Richard Mendelson who actually have the experience and education to make reasoned decisions concerning school safety, safety procedures, personnel changes and a much needed cultural shift away from the priority of political considerations to the priority of hardening our schools and treating our teachers ethically and fairly need to be in office NOW.

 

#MSDTRUTH-WHEN?

It has been the privilege of this law firm to represent and assist some of the victims' families of the MSD shooting. I have been amazed at their resilience and that of the surviving students. I have never witnessed such human courage and strength, particularly by those so young.   However, I have been angered by the lack of answers, information and investigative conclusions that should have been disclosed by now to these families, to the MSD students, to the people of Broward County, to the people of the state of Florida, and to the people across our nation who have supported these victims and their families.

Today Broward School Superintendent Robert Runcie fired two BCSD security guards who did nothing during the MSD shooting except hide. Too little, too late is not strong enough to describe Runcie's inept actions. BCSD has protected these security guards (and others) for the last almost 5 months. Are these two security guards supposed to be the sacrificial lambs or diversionary strategy, like BSO Deputy Scott Peterson was for law enforcement, for all of the sins of the Broward County School Board and District?  I think not.

Don't get me wrong.  Peterson should have been fired not retired.  These two security guards deserve to be fired. All law enforcement officers and security guards who protected themselves instead of the victims should also face criminal charges, where appropriate.

But my most pressing question is when are the people who make the final decisions (and provide such "amazing leadership" ) going to be held accountable?  Why was BSO Deputy Scott Peterson permitted to resign instead of being fired?  Why haven't any law enforcement officers (either from BSO or from other agencies) who hid instead of going in to shoot the shooter at MSD (as they are required to do) been fired?

Most importantly, why haven't Robert Runcie and Scott Israel been removed from office?  The underlying criminal case is not complicated. It is the series of acts by multiple people at every level of government of enormous ineptitude, incompetence, cowardice, corruption, conspiracy, perjury, greed, malfeasance, nonfeasance, dereliction of duty, and outright fraud that created the perfect storm for this horrific act to be consummated.  For these reasons, the leaders, the cowards, the corrupt, and ALL of their accomplices need to pay the price for this senseless loss of life and injury to innocent victims and their families.

I am calling on the students of MSD, their parents, our political leaders, and the people of our community to demand and insist upon the disclosure of the truth and full transparency as to what really happened on February 14, 2018 at MSD and hold accountable EVERYONE AT EVERY LEVEL OF GOVERNMENT OR PUBLIC SERVICE who was involved and contributed to this travesty.  Enough of the gamesmanship, diversionary tactics and political rhetoric! 

This is not a political issue, it is a human issue.  We all need to speak up on behalf of those who cannot speak and insist on accountability at all levels.  NOW!

                                                      #MSDTRUTHISNOW