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In Florida, Your Kid’s Chance of Arrest at School Depends on Where You Live

After a student was caught cutting class at Seminole High School’s ninth grade center in April 2019, a trio of Sanford police officers told the girl to get in a golf cart so she could be taken back to campus. She refused. “I’m…
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Florida’s Flawed Baker Act Rips Thousands of Kids from School

Over the past seven years, children have been taken from public schools in Tampa Bay more than 7,500 times and temporarily placed in mental health facilities. They often leave campus handcuffed in the back of police cruisers. Some are as…
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She Didn’t Know Her Autistic Son Could Be Tasered at School

Two years ago, at the start of the school year, Rosie Phillips got a call from her son’s school, asking her to come pick him up. When she arrived, she found him slumped on the hallway floor, sitting in a puddle of his own urine, with a Taser…
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School Cop Arrested After Video Shows Him Grabbing Girl by the Neck and Slamming Her to the Floor

A school resource deputy was arrested Tuesday on a child abuse charge after he was seen on school surveillance video grabbing a 15-year-old girl by the neck and slamming her to the ground. Deputy Willard Miller, 38, turned…
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Fired Orlando Cop Who Arrested 6-Year-Olds Has Discipline History That Includes Excessive Force, Profiling Claim

The Orlando police officer who was fired Monday for arresting two 6-year-old students at their school has a disciplinary history that includes an incident in which he stunned a trespassing suspect with a Taser five times and an allegation…
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Students of Color with Disabilities Are Being Pushed into the School-to-Prison Pipeline, Study Finds

Exclusionary discipline practices in K-12 schools—suspension, expulsion and other disciplinary actions that take a student away from the classroom—raise the chances that a student will repeat a grade, drop out or end up in the criminal justice…
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Florida Man Sues After School Resource Officer Taunts Autistic Son

Evan Dowdey was 13 years old and had the cognitive ability of a first-grade student when he threw a book at a teacher in 2017. School resource officer Ural Darling reportedly told Evan that he would be confined to a mental…
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Meadow Woods Middle Resource Deputy Disciplined for Kissing Student on Cheek

A former Meadow Woods Middle School resource deputy was suspended last year after an investigation found he kissed a female student on the cheek and repeatedly allowed another girl to skip classes so the two of them could talk, records…
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League of Women Voters to Host Public Forum on Florida's School Guardian Program

Next week, the League of Women Voters of Seminole County will be hosting a public forum on Florida's School Guardian Program. Speakers include: Walt Griffin, Superintendent of Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS). Angie Gallo, Florida…

Central Florida Charter Schools Struggle to Pay for On-Campus Officers Required by New Law

Two Winter Garden charter schools planned to buy new computers this year, giving every student on their shared campus one to use. But when Crystal Yoakum, the CEO of the two affiliated schools, got a look at the numbers, she knew that dream…
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Orange County Approves Funding for 75 School Resource Officers - WMFE

The Orange County Commission approved funds to hire 75 new Sheriff’s deputies to be used as school resource officers. Read more.   Image courtesy of the Orange County Sheriff's Office.
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Florida School Resource Officer Fired for Racist and Anti-Gay Facebook Posts - The Orlando Sentinel

The Gainesville Police Department has fired Jason King, a school resource officer at Talbot Elementary School, for racist and homophobic posts he made on Facebook. Read more.