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Lehigh Acres, FL

#21 Feb 28, 2011
I can't believe I am reading this---I have had an experience with CCPS so similar to yours, and also know some one who has had the same thing happen to their son too. Also, our kids told us about several other students that have been kicked out of the school and sent to the academy and/or arrested for various reasons. You are right, it is out of control. I swear it seems like a recurring theme. I am beginning to think they have a racket going on between the school, police, and lawyers, everyone getting their piece of the pie or justifying their jobs at our childrens expense.
Don't get me wrong, I firmly believe that when a kid makes a mistake or breaks a rule or whatever, they should pay a consequence in order to learn a lesson, but I think that the tactics used by the school system are extreme and also harmful. Ever heard the phrase "self fulfilling prophecy"?---If they keep treating children like criminals then it makes it more likely for them to actually become one. I'd like to tell you to do what ever you can to to keep your son away from the juvenile justice system, but I'm afraid the school and the SRO have already sealed his fate when they put handcuffs on him.
My suggestion to you is to be as loud and vocal as you can about this and make them wish they had never messed with you. That's what we did and so did our friends. My only regret is that since the meetings are televised, I haven't been able to get up the guts to go before the school board...yet.

God, I am just feeling sick thinking about this again and knowing exactly what you are going through. I wish you and your son all the best in dealing with this bull s***.
concerned parent

Lehigh Acres, FL

#22 Mar 2, 2011
where have these things happened? which middle school?
upset parent

United States

#23 Mar 3, 2011
Murdock Middle School, I now have my son in the Florida Virtual Home School program until things get resolved, still have to deal with criminal charges that are being sent to state attorney. My son was told in interrogation that there are at least a hand full of kids that do not belong in that school and he is one of them and she will pick the rest out one by one, so if you have a child in this school, I would talk to them about what is going on and what they have seen happening, as friends of mine that still have children that go there have seen many other kids handcuffed in class as taken away, it scares them. This cannot be good on the kids to see or to have happen to them, they are kids.

concerned parent wrote:
where have these things happened? which middle school?
concerned parent

Lehigh Acres, FL

#24 Mar 3, 2011
upset parent wrote:
Murdock Middle School, I now have my son in the Florida Virtual Home School program until things get resolved, still have to deal with criminal charges that are being sent to state attorney. My son was told in interrogation that there are at least a hand full of kids that do not belong in that school and he is one of them and she will pick the rest out one by one, so if you have a child in this school, I would talk to them about what is going on and what they have seen happening, as friends of mine that still have children that go there have seen many other kids handcuffed in class as taken away, it scares them. This cannot be good on the kids to see or to have happen to them, they are kids.
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I agree it is definitely not good for kids. This sort of thing has been happening at this school way too often and it needs to stop. We went through this nonsense last year and it was a nightmare. I would like to share stories with you---if you are interested, email me at [email protected]
just saying

Lehigh Acres, FL

#25 Mar 11, 2011
upset parent wrote:
I live in the CCPS school district my child is the 3rd to go thru it. I wont even go back to the information I received about my daughter when she was in high school, but now I have a son in middle school, I am not saying he is the perfect kid, he is a boy who is a plays around and does little things, but my son has been accused of a crime he did not commit another child got mad at him so he told them my son did something he did not do and then the other childs friends joined in as witness.
My son heard from friends that he was being accused of something he did not do spoke with a teacher that also said he did not do this that he was being arrested and charged. My son tryed going to the office to see what was going on, he was instructed to go back to class someone would send for him after he went back to class the school resource officer and a school official came to his classroom told him to get his things in front of the class that he would not be coming back after he was outside the classroom he was asked to face the wall where he was read his miranda rights and handcuffed at 14 and non combative. He was then interrogated again without my knowledge and scared
in to telling he did something that he did not do a then un handcuffed he was told he would be taken to jail if he did not say he did it.
By the time my husband and I were called the was already being charged we were told to come pick him up in front of me the school rsc told him it is because of people like him that people hurt themselves everyday. He was suspended from school for 10 days and now I receive a call that he is is being sent to a Academy for behavorial problems, and they cant get me in until Wednesday now going on 3 weeks being out of school while we are receiving truancy letters and phone calls that he is not in school and I have called to the school no one will return my phone calls, I have now had to hire a attorney due to my son being criminally charged as well. One of my sons friends wore a thsirt that he wrote "bring back my sons name" this child was handcuffed in his classroom, taken to the office the shirt was taken and he was put in iss for the day and on probation for rest of year, for wearing a tshirt. This is outta of control and I do not to what to do. Any suggestions
You bet this school is out of control. Handcuffs?! Really? Did these children pose any real threat? I'm wondering if any laws were broken here. I would think the parents of the boy wearing the tshirt would have a law suit for sure. Not only was he humiliated unnecessarily, his first amendment right was violated.
enabling parents

Lehigh Acres, FL

#26 Mar 19, 2011
concerned parent wrote:
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I agree it is definitely not good for kids. This sort of thing has been happening at this school way too often and it needs to stop. We went through this nonsense last year and it was a nightmare. I would like to share stories with you---if you are interested, email me at [email protected]
Possibly your email address sums up why your child would be prone for being a candidate at the Academy.
need to know

United States

#27 Mar 22, 2011
Just something people should know, that was very shocking for me to find out. Do you know there are a large portion of teachers in our Charlotte Co. Schools that do not even have a AA degree to teach. Some of them teachers for 16 or more years, they are now being required after all this time to finish there degree at the schools cost which is our cost for them to finish there degree, or else they will lose there jobs. How our they teaching our children if they have not even finished their teaching degree?
concerned parent

Lehigh Acres, FL

#28 Mar 23, 2011
enabling parents wrote:
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Possibly your email address sums up why your child would be prone for being a candidate at the Academy.
[email protected] o.com

[email protected] .com

misbehavedkidsbelongbehindbars @yahoo.com

kidshavenoconstitutionalrights @yahoo.com

Would having any of these email addresses change my child's candidacy for the academy?

Thank you for your two cent ad hominem response.
upset parent

United States

#29 Mar 24, 2011
To any one that is having trouble with the school, I have found after choosing not to send my son to the academy because it is your choice as a parent, not to send them there even if the school recommends it and has expelled them from there home school, again for something they did not do. I now have my son in the Florida Virtual School, which is free just like public school. We love it, I am daily watching him learn and went from a d,f student now to a a,b student. The teachers are all very friendly, helpful, they really work with the kids and you as a parent. My son talks to each teacher for each subject at least once a week, and so do I to go over his progress and guess what I get to voice concerns without being shoved off they are really there to teach. It is a great program I wish I had looked into before. Information can be found on line or yes the school corporation.
concerned parent

Lehigh Acres, FL

#30 Mar 28, 2011
upset parent wrote:
To any one that is having trouble with the school, I have found after choosing not to send my son to the academy because it is your choice as a parent, not to send them there even if the school recommends it and has expelled them from there home school, again for something they did not do. I now have my son in the Florida Virtual School, which is free just like public school. We love it, I am daily watching him learn and went from a d,f student now to a a,b student. The teachers are all very friendly, helpful, they really work with the kids and you as a parent. My son talks to each teacher for each subject at least once a week, and so do I to go over his progress and guess what I get to voice concerns without being shoved off they are really there to teach. It is a great program I wish I had looked into before. Information can be found on line or yes the school corporation.


I'm glad to hear that your son is doing well with FL virtual school. I had considered doing the same with my son last year, but I was told that if I wanted my son to re-enter the regular school system for high school (which I did), then he would have to do his time at the academy first in order to fulfill the 'alternative to expulsion agreement', so we just let it be as we felt our hands were tied---or maybe we were just led to believe we had no choice. I hope that they have changed this requirement for your son's sake. The Academy is the last place you want your kids to go to school.

On a more positive note...my son is now going to Port Charlotte High and is doing very well. PCHS is sooooo much better than MMS---the difference is like night and day.
Big John

Cape Coral, FL

#31 May 30, 2011
If a school system has to resort to law enforcement to control their middle schools, maybe it time to admit that what they're doing isn't working and consider some serious change. I wonder if CCPS has ever thought about converting the elementary and middle schools over to K-8 schools.
SO DISSAPOINTED IN CCPS

Port Charlotte, FL

#32 Jan 25, 2012
Thorn in your side wrote:
Charlotte County Public Schools have discipline policies that parents should question. If you or someone you know has had their child recommended for expulsion, or some other ridiculous "over reaction" to kids making the same foolish mistakes that we made when we were kids, I would welcome your story. There is power in numbers---let's get together and reclaim our parental authority and stop CCPS from abusing the power we give them as taxpayers----yes, parents, THEY work for US!!! Let's not let them forget it!!
I TOO AN DISCUSTED WITH CCPS, MY SON WAS EXPELLED HE IS 16, AND HE IS DENIED AN EDUCATION BECAUSE HE DID NOT FOLLOW THE TERMS OF THE "STIPULATED CONTRACT" HE IS SOPPOSE TO LOG ON TO LORIDA VIRTUAL SCHOOL AND RETRIEVE CREDITS, HE ABIDED BY 5 OF THE 7 REQUESTS, WE DO NOT HAVE A COMPUTER , ONLY MY WORK ONE WHICH PREVENTS HIM FROM ATTENDING THIS FAKE SCHOOL, THIS IS JUST THE SCHOOLS WAY OF BRUSHING A CHILD OFF ! HE WAS DENIED AFTER HE BEGGED FOR AN EDUCATION FOR A DIPLOMA! I AM SO DISCUSTED AND DISSAPOINTED! i MOVED TO THIS COUNTY TO PROVIDE A GOOD LIFE FOR HIM...LOL WHAT A JOKE.

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