WATCH: Father of school shooting victim criticizes Obama-era policies on school discipline

Andrew Pollack, who lost his daughter in the 2018 Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, spoke on the first night of the Republican National Convention on Aug. 24, 2020. He criticized an Obama-era policy that intended to curb racial discrimination but was rescinded by the Trump administration in 2018 over concerns about school safety. Pollack said the Obama administration’s "restorative justice ” policies -- which aimed to address the disproportionate level of disciplinary measures taken against students of color in the U.S. -- put kids and teachers at risk, and made shootings more likely. “I was just fine with the old approach to discipline and safety—it was called discipline and safety,” Pollack said. “But the Obama-Biden administration took Parkland’s bad policies and forced them into schools across America.” A Government Accountability Office report released this June found no recent empirical evidence linking school discipline policies to school shootings.

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