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Moms For Liberty V. Brevard School Board.

We have been trying to stay out of the controversy with the group “Moms for Liberty” and their continuing, often contentious disagreements with the Brevard School Board.

The reason is simple: while we agree with many of the things Moms for Liberty stands for, their alliance with State Representative Randy Fine has become one of theater rather than substance. Fine uses the group to gather headlines, and then once the issue goes away, he will abandon them. If an issue cannot advance Fine’s re-election or power, he sweeps it under the rug.

While we will support the ideas Moms for Liberty espouses, we cannot lie down with the flea ridden Randy Fine.

Then again, a group that had a hit piece written by the Gannet News Services can’t be all bad.

Our favorite part of that “article:”

“This Is Not A Bad Request.” (It’s A Horrible Request.)

It started out innocently enough – a simple call to discuss how Brevard County Schools are named and or renamed.

Board member Matt Susin called upon the board to begin discussing changes to the district’s policies for renaming schools in light of a dispute over the proposed name change of Melbourne High School to Joseph M. Acaba Melbourne High School.

Acaba is the first person of Puerto Rican heritage to become a NASA astronaut candidate and taught at Melbourne High School for two years.

Susin said the petition had attracted significant opposition to the name change. An online survey received two votes in favor and 1,037 against. The 18-month process to gather community feedback continues nonetheless, and the petition won’t come before the board for a decision until March.

Get Your Money Back.

As part of the continuing saga of the 7 year old child with Down Syndrome whose parents are suing the Brevard School Board, the attorney for the couple, Nicholas P. Whitney of the law firm Anderson Glenn, LLC., released a statement concerning the release of the Indian Harbor Beach Police Department’s investigation into the incident where the parents, supported by State Representative Randy Fine, allege the child was abused by the school district and teachers at her school.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Although we have done so in the past, we are not going to continue to use the child’s name in our coverage of this. No matter how this all shakes down, we feel the child is a pawn in a political game and we will not further any damage to her or her reputation going forward. In that some states do not allow the publishing of the names of minor abused children, we are going to err on the side of caution and not use the child’s name as there are charges of abuse in this case. We won’t edit the statement by others)

Here is the statement as seen on Fine’s Facebook page.

As we often do, we want to fiske Whitney’s response.

UPDATE: ““Special Place In Hell.”

Below is the actual police report from the Indian Harbor Police Department concerning their investigation into the incident where parents accused the Brevard School District of “abusing” their 7 year old child who has Down Syndrome.


It is a long read at 35 pages, but if you have an interest in this case for whatever reason, you should read it.

Here are some of the “highlights.”

“Special Place In Hell.”

video source: State Representative Randy Fine Facebook page.

The story of 7 year old Sophia Steel made national headlines.

ORLANDO, Fla. – The father of a special needs child with Down syndrome is speaking out, still fuming that his 7-year-old daughter came home from Ocean Breeze Elementary School with a mask tied around her head.

“I was so angry so I waited four days from Thursday 7th to Tuesday after Columbus Day because I really need to calm down,” said Jeff Steel. “When this child got off the bus and had the mask it was tied around the back of her head underneath her ponytail and it was quite tight around her face.”

He said it was so tight, his daughter Sophia struggled to communicate and breathe.

“Medically, she could aspirate. She could asphyxiate all sorts of medical things that could happen and because of her breathing because of her enlarged tongue could cause seizures,” Steele said.


Kudos With A Caveat.

This is an extremely difficult post to write.

We don’t want anyone for a nanosecond to think that we are against anyone or any group helping the needy in the area.

We want to make that clear.

We think that people should help those in need. It is food for the soul to help others.

That being said, we have two issues with this.

Judge Rules For Plaintiffs Who Sued School Board.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Will the Brevard Public School Board learn from this case? Or continue to deny rulings from around the country on their commenting policies?

The Pennsbury School Board in Bucks County, Pennsylvania has what is known as “Policy 902″ and Policy 922,” which deal with conduct during School Board meetings and conduct during all school events.

Under the policies:

Speakers “must preface their comments by an announcement of their names, address and group affiliation, if applicable.” The Board’s presiding officer may interrupt or terminate comments deemed “too lengthy, personally directed, abusive, obscene, or irrelevant.” The presiding officer may also “[r]equest any individual to leave the meeting when that person does not observe reasonable decorum” and can “[r]equest the assistance of law enforcement officers to remove a disorderly person when that person’s conduct interferes with the orderly progress of the meeting. Similarly, “offensive, obscene or other inappropriate banners or placards, or those that contain personal attacks” are prohibited.

If those policies sound familiar to you, they should as they are very close to the policies that the Brevard Public School Board has adopted.

More “Perks” For Government Employees Proposed.

Last week the Brevard County Commission debated the County paying for concealed weapons permits for employees.

Brevard County commissioners are divided over a proposal from Commissioner John Tobia to consider reimbursing county employees for the cost of getting a concealed carry weapons license if they want one.

Tobia and Commissioner Bryan Lober indicated this week that they support the idea.

But the other three commissioners — Chair Rita Pritchett, Vice Chair Kristine Zonka and Commissioner Curt Smith — all expressed reservations, to varying degrees.

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