Florida Sheriff Arrests Almost 30 Students In 2 Months To Force Parents Play Their Roles In Children's Lives

Date May 3, 2018 11:04

We all remember the tragic events that took place in Parkland, Florida on February 14. But did you know this shooting was the latest of more than 80 school-based violent incidents that have occurred in the state during this year?


Since the massacre, the number of threats per day has been on the rise. Right now, schools in the country receive around 50 threats every day right now. And a sheriff in one of the state’s counties knows how to address the issue.

Volusia County Sheriff, Mike Chitwood, takes a zero-tolerance approach when it comes to keeping schools safe. When students make threats or joke about having a weapon, he arrests them without a second thought. He says:

It's not my job to raise your kids, but if you want me to do it I can tell you I’m going to do it with a pair of handcuffs and your kid is going to get hit with a felony charge.

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What is more, their parents will then have to pay for all the court and investigative costs, which can be over 1 thousand dollars! As of now, Chitwood has arrested about 30 students. And the youngest one is only 11!

Before being arrested, students are required to appear before social service workers and a judge to get punishment. Of course, troubled children who post pics with firearms on social media are put in a different category than those who simply could not control their emotional outburst.

But it is not all about punishment. The focus of Chitwood’s approach is on children’s mental health. And though some people criticize this strategy, many parents of the arrested students actually support it.

As a mother of a 14-year-old who got sentenced to 3 weeks in a detention center says:

I strongly agree with the measures that are being taken. I hate that it was my child but she had some thinking time…

So, what threats should be taken seriously by schools?

Without any doubt, these include threats about hurting or killing someone, damaging property, or running away from home. Schools also should pay more attention to children with a history of assaultive or violent behavior, those who witnessed abuse at home, and those who are being bullied.

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