Two coaches who served as security watchmen at Marjory Stoneman Douglas have been barred and reassigned after reports about their response during the Feb. 14 shooting.
Andrew Medina, who was unarmed, failed to stop shooter Nikolas Cruz, question him or lock down the school. He instead radioed ahead to warn fellow monitor David Taylor that a suspicious kid was headed his way.
When Taylor, who also was unarmed, heard the gunfire erupt in the 1200 building where he was, he hid in a janitor’s closet.
“Due to information that has recently appeared in the media and which is being reviewed by the District, Andrew Medina and David Taylor have received administrative reassignments away from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School until further notice,” Broward Schools spokeswoman Nadine Drew said Wednesday.
The South Florida Sun Sentinel was the first to report last week that Medina was the first person to see ex-student Nikolas Cruz step onto campus before he gunned down 17 people and injured 17 others on Valentine’s Day.
Medina and Taylor were notified Wednesday that they had new assignments and would no longer be allowed on Stoneman Douglas’ campus, said Tracy Clark, another School Board spokeswoman.
They would remain “campus monitors reassigned to administrative locations,” she said. She would not specify what that meant.
Medina did not respond to a text message from the Sun Sentinel on Wednesday, nor did Taylor respond to a telephone call. The men are represented by the Federation of Public Employees.
Two fathers whose daughters were murdered during the massacre made a visit to the school Tuesday to demand Medina’s be fired. “I went up there and took care of it. He’s not going to work there anymore,” said Andrew Pollack.
It was unfathomable, Pollack said, that Medina, 39, failed to call a “Code Red,” which would have signaled a threat inside the building and kept students behind locked doors.
“All he had to say was ‘Code Red.’ Two words … those two words and he didn’t call it and 17 people are dead because of it,” Pollack said.
Medina told detectives on the day of the shooting that he didn’t call a Code Red because he had been trained not to do so unless he saw a gun or witnessed the shooting for himself.