What was author/educator Lonnie Palmer’s experience working with social services? They didn’t have a clue how to deal with violence — no tactics, no strategies. no procedure, according to the former high school math and science teacher, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent, superintendent of urban, suburban and rural school.
In Florida, reports from Parkland were the same.
“The system that’s designed to identify folks that are posing a threat to themselves and more importantly to others, it failed,” Gordon Weekes, the chief assistant Broward County public defender and one of the attorneys representing Cruz, told The Washington Post. “It just utterly failed. . . . With all these failures in the system that should have recognized a clear cry for help, the system did not work the way it was designed.”
Palmer, educator and author of “Why We Failed: 40 Years of Education Reform”, said the same about the systems in place to identify young people posing a threat to themselves or others when he worked in schools. “They never dealt properly with children who were either facing violence in their lives or were potentially violent.
“Everybody is worried about their tax bill. They aren’t worried about kids until something like this (Parkland, Florida) happens,” Palmer said.
During his last stint as a schools superintendent in a rural district in Albany County because he knew there was a problem with violence against children in the community and reached out to social services several times. Eventually he met with them
He never heard from them after that meeting so when he was leaving the district he wrote a letter to the Albany County Executive and told him someone was going to die if they didn’t do something to intervene and provide more support for families in that community.
Within a year after leaving that district, a child was killed by his cousin/caretaker and thrown into a ditch.
Read the section A Matter of Life and Death in the Special Ed: All Heart and No Head chapter of Lonnie Palmer’s solutions-based book “Why We Failed: 40 Years of Education Reform.” click here
Lonnie Palmer taught high school math and science and ultimately was an assistant superintendent and superintendent in suburban, urban and rural school districts in New York State. Read Palmer’s solutions for His solutions-based book “Why We Failed: 40 Years of Education Reform” is available on Amazon.