Did students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High die for the sake of ‘diversity’?

Did students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High die for the sake of ‘diversity’?
Jan Jordan (Image: Police file photo)

Last week, Capt. Jan Jordan resigned from the Broward County Sheriff’s Department. Jordan, should the name fail to ring a bell, was the officer in charge during the during the Parkland shootings. It was Jordan who ordered first responders to “stage” — or form a “perimeter” — outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas on Feb. 14, rather than rush into the building.

According to CNN:

Jordan was criticized last week during public safety hearings into the response to the shooting. She was also recently named in a lawsuit filed by Parkland, Florida, parents and students against the county and members of the sheriff’s office.

During the hearing, embattled Sheriff Scott Israel spoke about the decision to hire Jordan in 2013. In the following video, tweeted out by Andrew Pollack, whose daughter died in the massacre, Israel describes the genesis of the hiring (which he refers to incorrectly as etymology), specifically noting that diversity played a role in it.

While Pollack’s reaction, which is clearly driven by raw emotion, may be a little too on the nose, it does raise the trenchant question “What price diversity?” While I am willing to stipulate that a man in Jordan’s position may have made the same wrong-headed call even as the sound of gunfire rang out from inside the building, I strongly believe that the manic need of the Left to include diversity in every decision can lead to unintended consequences — and may have done so in this instance.

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Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer and regular contributor to "Liberty Unyielding."


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