SCHOOL, SAFETY, CRIME, GOVERNMENT, SERAPH, NSST, SHOOT, GUN, VIOLENCE,
A year after the worst high school shooting in U.S. history, Gov. Ron DeSantis wants a grand jury to investigate possible wrongdoing on the part of Broward County schools.
Statewide grand jury would review the actions of school districts across Florida.
The 18-member grand jury — which could be impaneled for a year — will have subpoena power. It will look specifically at:
Whether refusal or failure to follow the mandates of school-related safety laws results in unnecessary and avoidable risk to students across the state.
Whether public entities committed fraud by accepting state funds for safety measures while failing to act.Whether school officials mismanaged, failed to use or diverted funds from multimillion-dollar bonds specifically solicited for school safety initiatives.
Whether school officials violated state law by systematically underreporting incidents of criminal activity to the Florida Department of Education.Reporting by the South Florida Sun Sentinel uncovered many of those problems. In December, the Sun Sentinel reported that Florida’s school districts are hiding countless crimes that take place on campus, defying state laws and leaving parents with the false impression that children are safer than they are.