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“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.

Representative Randy Fine Can’t Change His Spots.

We have had our differences with Representative Randy Fine before, and most likely will continue to have them in the future.

Fine has weighed in on the Brevard School Board face covering mandate issue and yesterday, he post this on his Facebook account:

Understandably on his Facebook page, people are excited. There are congratulations, cries for people to go to jail, etc.

There is only one problem.

The First Circuit Court of Appeals made no such ruling.

Florida Today Editor Can’t Abide By His Own Rules.

The editor of the Florida Today, John H. Torres, has an opinion piece in the newspaper entitled “Torres: School board decision to trim public comment is the right move.

In it, Torres tries to make the point that the School Board was right to limit the speaking time on non agenda items to one minute per speaker.

To an attempt to accomplish this goal, Torres starts out by playing the victim:

Is Brevard County Going To Become Loudoun County?

On October 16, 2021, we talked about the so called “domestic terrorists,” aka “parents” at school board meetings across the country.

One of the examples we gave happened in Loudoun County, VA, where a man by the name of Scott Smith was arrested after getting into an altercation with an audience member. After telling the School Board about a sexual assault his daughter had suffered at the hands of a transsexual male allowed in the girls’ bathroom, that member called him and his wife, not to mention the daughter, liars.

The School Board and the School Superintendent denied that the attack ever took place.

The police disagreed and eventually arrested and charged the student, placing an ankle monitor on him. However, records showed that the student was transferred to another school where he attacked another student.

The student has been found guilty in one of the cases:

The teenager accused of sexually assaulting a ninth-grade girl in a Loudoun County, Virginia, high school was found guilty on all charges.

The victim was assaulted in a women’s restroom at Stone Bridge High School by a male allegedly wearing a skirt. A juvenile court judge found the evidence enough to convict but will hold on sentencing until the convicted teenager, now 15 , is tried for another alleged assault at a different high school.

It’s Not Enough.

Jose Aguiar, the man at the center of a long-simmering corruption scandal in Palm Bay, has pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy, a third-degree felony. In return, the state agreed to drop felony racketeering and conspiracy to commit racketeering charges.

Sentencing is set for Jan. 7. Aguiar faces up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Had he been convicted on all charges he faced up to 30 years in prison.

Aguiar’s trial was to have begun today. He is free on a $60,000 bond as he awaits sentencing.

Aguiar and then Deputy City Manager Dave Isnardi were arrested in May 2019.

The arrest warrants for the two showed that the FBI and Florida Department of Law Enforcement had been investigating allegations of corruption and undue influence on city officials in Palm Bay since at least 2015. The warrants drew heavily from secret recordings made by a confidential source working with investigators.

It’s not enough.

Sorry to say that, but it isn’t.

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