Andrew Pollack

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Andrew Pollack
Andrew Pollack at Israel suspension.jpg
Pollack in 2019
Born
Andrew Scot Pollack

(1966-02-18) February 18, 1966 (age 53)
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)
Shara Kaplan
(m. 1994; div. 2008)

Jullie Phillips (m. 2017)
Children3, including Hunter Pollack

Andrew Scot Pollack (born February 18, 1966) is an American author and school safety activist. His 18-year-old daughter Meadow Pollack was killed in the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on February 14, 2018.[1]

Pollack is credited with helping to pass the "Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act" (Florida Senate Bill: 7026).[2] He has met with President Donald Trump and his cabinet, Florida governor Rick Scott, and many lawmakers.[3] Pollack is actively fighting to increase more federal funding to increase school security in every school across the nation.[3] He believes that bulletproof glass, metal detectors, enhanced door lock systems, ID checkpoints, and "school marshals" can help prevent school shootings.[4]

On September 10th, 2019, Pollack released his book, Why Meadow Died: The People and Policies That Created The Parkland Shooter and Endanger America's Students, alongside education expert and senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, Max Eden.[5][6]

Family[edit]

Meadow Pollack[edit]

Meadow Jade Pollack (October 5, 1999[7] – February 14, 2018) is the daughter of Andrew Pollack and a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who was murdered in the shooting.[1] Meadow was shot four times and had attempted to avoid the shooter while struggling to get into a classroom. Teachers and students were not able to open the classroom door. Her father told CBN that as the shooter returned, Meadow covered another student (who died in the shooting) in an attempt to protect them. She was then shot five more times, killing her and the other student she shielded, Cara Loughran, a freshman.[8]

Meadow's death prompted her father to found Meadow's Movement, a movement fighting for increased school security to prevent future school massacres.[9]

Meadow planned to attend Lynn University[10] in the fall and spoke about becoming a lawyer.

Pollack and his wife, sitting alongside President Trump and others.

Activism[edit]

On February 21, 2018, Andrew and his two sons attended a White House listening session hosted by President Donald Trump that consisted of siblings and friends of slain victims along with survivors of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. He spoke extensively on the topic of school security, claiming that schools do not have the same level of security as airports, stadiums, and embassies. Pollack raised that the September 11 attacks happened once and that measures were put in place to prevent it from ever happening again, also stating "There should have been one school shooting, and we should have fixed it!"

On April 20, 2018, Pollack launched his nonprofit organization Americans for Children's Lives and School Safety (CLASS).

Governor-elect of Florida Ron DeSantis, a Republican, included both Andrew and Hunter on his Transition Advisory Committee on Public Safety.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Levenson, Eric; Sterling, Joe. "These are the victims of the Florida school shooting". CNN. Retrieved 2018-03-30.
  2. ^ Grinberg, Emanuella; Jones, Athena; Sung, Carolyn. "Florida lawmakers pass bill that would allow school staff to carry guns". CNN. Retrieved 2018-03-30.
  3. ^ a b "Father of school shooting victim says he's on a mission to improve school safety". ABC News. 2018-03-01. Retrieved 2018-03-30.
  4. ^ Wilson, Kirby. "Parkland victim's father: School safety now, gun control later". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 2018-03-30.
  5. ^ "Parkland dad uncovers how district enabled deranged student-turned-shooter". New York Post. 2019-09-09. Retrieved 2019-09-12.
  6. ^ "Parkland dad Andrew Pollack publishes book with new details about shooter's red flags before massacre". Tampa Bay Times. 2019-09-10. Retrieved 2019-09-16.
  7. ^ "Meadow Jade Pollack Obituary - North Lauderdale, FL". Dignity Memorial. Retrieved 2018-04-12.
  8. ^ "Father of Florida School Shooting Victim: 'Top Priority Should Be School Safety'". Christian Broadcasting Network. 2018-03-28. Retrieved 2018-03-30.
  9. ^ Meadow's Movement (2018-03-07), Let's Fix It - Meadow's Movement, YouTube, retrieved 2018-03-30
  10. ^ Chasmar, Jessica (2018-02-16). "Grieving Parkland father ripped for 'Trump 2020' shirt: 'Blood on his hands'". The Washington Times.
  11. ^ Sweeney, Dan (December 13, 2018). "Now that Ron DeSantis will be governor, are Broward Sheriff Scott Israel's days numbered?". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved December 28, 2018.