WFSU Public Media by Lynn Hatter
August 1, 2019
The Florida Department of Education has launched its school safety database in an attempt to track students who may become threats to themselves or to schools. The announcement comes after nearly three dozen organizations, including the ACLU of Florida expressed concerns over the type of information that will be collected.
Student social media posts, mental health and discipline records, and information from the Departments of Juvenile Justice and Children and Family Services will be part of the state’s new student tracking system. That worries some 33 organizations that recently urged Gov. Ron DeSantis to reconsider the plan.
“The one thing that’s been shown over and over again to prevent these sort of attacks is someone speaking up to ask for help. And the only way kids are going to do that is if they feel safe to ask for help for themselves or for a friend,” said the ACLU of Florida’s Michelle Morton.