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Marjory Stoneman Douglas security guard who failed to stop shooter had allegedly harassed students, including one of the victims
The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School security guard who failed to confront shooter Nikolas Cruz when he spotted him on campus had allegedly sexually harassed at least two students, including one of Cruz's 17 victims, Florida's Sun-Sentinel reports. Andrew Medina was confirmed by video footage to have followed one student to allegedly ask if he could come by her job later "because it was not at school [and] he could flirt with her," an internal report recommending Medina's termination in 2017 found. Medina allegedly also made comments like "you are fine as f---" and "damn Mami" to female students.
Medina was not ultimately fired due in part to a handwritten note at the bottom of the report on his behavior that said "discipline should not be termination but instead a three-day suspension."
Meadow Pollack, who was murdered by Cruz, had accused Medina of harassing her in February 2017, her brother, Hunter Pollack, told BuzzFeed News. "He would call her names like 'gorgeous and sweetheart' and just be a creep," Pollack said. "And when her boyfriend confronted him about it, he threatened him, too."
Meadow's mother went as far as to complain to the school about Medina's behavior, a move Hunter Pollack and his father, Andrew Pollack, only learned after Meadow's death. "What's killing me is that he should have been terminated and he wasn't and he was at that gate," Andrew Pollack said. "We might have had someone who might have done something like call 'Code Red' and instead we had someone with half of a brain who did nothing. And after all this they reassigned him somewhere else where he might act this way to other girls."