Written by DML
One of the great honors of my life has been working with Andrew Pollack, the father of Meadow Pollack — also known as the young girl shot to death in the Stoneman Douglas High School massacre that took place in Parkland, Florida on Valentine’s Day 2018.
So much has happened between Andy and me over the past few months that it’s nearly impossible to remember how we first met. Therefore, I will keep it simple by quoting Andy himself. He said of our coming together, “Somehow God put this man in my life.” I say the same thing about him.
Andy’s passion for securing the schools from coast to coast is like my passion for securing the southern border. Perhaps this is why I am drawn to this man? There are few people in this world with the amount of passion and fire in the belly that fuels Andy Pollack.
Sadly, his fire and passion for safe schools stems from the loss of his precious daughter, but Andy is determined to make it so no father will ever have to bury a child in the way he did.
Over a span of 6-weeks, I spent time working with Andy on passing legislation in Florida, meeting with DC officials, filming my upcoming documentary on school safety, and tailoring his media messaging. Along the way, we drummed up an idea for a non-profit that focuses on school safety.
My idea was to create a watchdog group for parents and students — imagine the Judicial Watch for education and safety. Andy loved the idea, and then he added to it by mixing in some of his brilliant concepts for keeping both the inside and outside areas of a school free of madmen like the one who killed his Meadow.
In the end, I came up with the name Americans for CLASS. The longer name: Americans for Children’s Lives and School Safety. Andy fell in love with “CLASS” and thus, he is using it as the name of his new organization which he announced last night on Fox News.
While I was with Andy in Parkland last month, I produced and scripted a video for CLASS based on Andy’s passion for safety in schools (see below). Andy and I have been sitting on the video while his IT friends developed his new website which launched this week.
Originally, I wanted to help spearhead the day to day operations of CLASS. But when I sat back and looked at all that is on my plate, there was no way I could do Andy justice. That said, make no mistake, he is surrounded by so many amazing people including his wife Julie and two sons, that there is zero doubt in my mind that Andy will build CLASS into the biggest and best school safety organization in the US.
I conclude by saying there are few people like Andy Pollack. He has the personality and determination to make things happen, and the smarts to bring people together. This man has somehow taken a life-changing tragedy and spun it into a mission that will stay with him for the rest of his days.
I ask you to support Andy. Help him help you. Visit his website at AmericansForClass.org, and sign up for his newsletter. Watch the video we created together in Florida, and while doing so look at the passion and determination in his eyes. This is truly a man who can make change for the better.
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