Fledgling voucher program for bullied kids is off to a slow and confusing start

Girl being bullied
Girl being bullied. Credit: StopBullying.gov website; U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services

Jessica Gonzalez, a mom from Clermont in Lake County, stood before the House Education Committee last month to share an agonizing story about girls bullying and harassing her daughter at public school and how to stop it.

She didn’t think the school fixed the problem, and she wasn’t made aware of a solution: The Hope Scholarship Program, Florida’s newest voucher initiative that allows bullied students or victims of violence to enroll in a private school using public dollars.

Jessica Gonzalez
Parent Jessica Gonzalez speaks to lawmakers about her daughter being bullied at school. Credit: The Florida Channel

Gonzalez says she only learned about the scholarship from a private school connected to her local church.  “I had no idea there was a Hope Scholarship. No idea,” Gonzalez told lawmakers.

Gonzalez’s experience illustrates the challenges of the scholarship program that launched this school year with a slow start and is already up for a potential and controversial rewrite in the Legislature, with Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran involved.

As of March 1, a total of 91 students have been awarded Hope Scholarships, and the Department of Education is already cracking down on school districts to ensure they’re notifying parents of the scholarship program, state records show.

Corcoran says he wants to streamline the application process so it’s not a hindrance to families whose children have suffered from significant violence or abuse at school.

But one of the proposed changes for the Hope Scholarship program would entirely bypass public schools that, by law, must investigate bullying incidents.

Currently, schools have to investigate to determine if a bullying or violent incident must be reported to the state, as part of data collected for school safety and discipline. Schools notify parents about the Hope Scholarship program when the investigation is concluded, or within 15 days after the incident was reported. Under state rules, districts must provide a “Hope Scholarship Notification Form,” to parents.

Instead, a Senate bill would allow parents to apply for a Hope Scholarship by reporting an incident directly to organizations that manage the state’s scholarship programs, often referred to as vouchers.

The application would have to include at least minimum information – “the name of the school where the incident occurred, the date on which the incident occurred, and the type of incident that occurred.”

The proposed changes raise questions about how the new process would work and who would decide whether a bullying or other violent incident is accurate or not.

Would the scholarship organization substantiate the incident? Would staff at the scholarship organization need training or credentials to investigate an incident? Or would no substantiation be necessary at all – meaning, the word of a parent or a student would suffice to get a Hope Scholarship to go to private school with public dollars.

The Step Up for Students organization contracts with the state to manage several state voucher programs, including the Hope Scholarship.

“As I understand it, some parents have been having difficulty getting the (Hope Scholarship Notification) form from schools and the Legislature is trying to come up with a way to help parents get access to the scholarship program,” says Step Up spokesman Patrick Gibbons. “We will faithfully carry out whatever policies the Legislature deems best.”

At issue for school districts is whether the bullying or violent incident has been verified. And some districts, such as Miami-Dade public schools, have lobbyists trying to amend the current Hope Scholarship legislation to require that only substantiated incidents be used to get a scholarship.

Commissioner Richard Corcoran explains that two things are going on that may be confusing: Currently, schools must investigate an incident to provide discipline data to the state. But the incident doesn’t have to be substantiated to get a form that would allow a parent to apply for a Hope Scholarship.

In the past, some school districts have denied or ignored incidents, or haven’t reported disciplinary incidents and violence to the state, according to Corcoran.

That means parents have to be vigilant about what’s going on with their child, and they can’t be denied the opportunity to get a Hope Scholarship if their child has suffered from bullying and other violence, Corcoran says.

“We’re going to empower the parents,” he says.

Richard Corcoran (photo from Wikipedia)
Former House Speaker Richard Corcoran appointed Florida Education Commissioner

Corcoran is a supporter of vouchers that allow students to attend private schools with public dollars and other school choice initiatives. School choice means students aren’t restricted from attending a school outside of their neighborhood school zone.

When public school students leave to attend private schools, enrollment and funding for traditional public schools can decline — one reason that teacher unions are opposed to voucher programs.

A March 1 memo to school superintendents, about the Hope Scholarship Program, said that the state Department of Education “has received numerous inquiries from districts as it relates to the substantiation of incidents reported.”

In capital letters, the memo said: “Please note that the law does not require substantiation in order for the district to notify the parent of the (Hope) program, and any district that is adding this requirement is in violation of statute and administrative rule and will be dealt with according to law.”

The legislation to change the Hope Scholarship process is sponsored by Republican state Sen. Manny Diaz, Jr. of Miami-Dade, who is chairman of the Senate Education Committee.

Diaz said he introduced the bill to meet legislative deadlines but that it is “not ready for prime time.” He plans to work with Education Commissioner Corcoran to get the legislation in shape.

He (Corcoran) has a concern…there are others that have a concern about the process,” Diaz said. “Folks have said, ‘Why aren’t we getting enough people participating in this? Are parents not aware? Is there a problem with the process?’”

And given that the proposed legislation would bypass schools that investigate bullying, “There has to be a system of documenting the parents’ concerns,” when it comes to getting a scholarship, Diaz said.

The legislation also allows private school students to get the scholarships, not just public school students, and the private school kids subjected to bullying and violence would be eligible for a transportation scholarship to attend a different school.

While bullying is often referred to in connection with the Hope Scholarship program, other school troubles can be used as a reason for applying for the scholarship.

In all, the qualifying incidents are battery; harassment; hazing; bullying; kidnapping; physical attack; robbery; sexual offenses, harassment, assault, or battery; threat or intimidation; or fighting at school.

The state keeps track of incidents in those 13 categories, and for 2017-18, there were about 44,000 incidents at schools across the state. The highest number of incidents were in the categories of fighting, physical attacks, threats/intimidation, bullying and battery, state data show.

District NumberDistrict NameType of IncidentTotal Incidents
01ALACHUABATTERY49
01ALACHUABULLYING32
01ALACHUAFIGHTING342
01ALACHUAHARASSMENT53
01ALACHUAHAZING1
01ALACHUAKIDNAPPING0
01ALACHUAPHYSICAL ATTACK239
01ALACHUAROBBERY5
01ALACHUASEXUAL ASSAULT1
01ALACHUASEXUAL BATTERY0
01ALACHUASEXUAL HARASSMENT46
01ALACHUASEX OFFENSES40
01ALACHUATHREAT/INTIMIDATION163
02BAKERBATTERY5
02BAKERBULLYING4
02BAKERFIGHTING143
02BAKERHARASSMENT0
02BAKERHAZING0
02BAKERKIDNAPPING0
02BAKERPHYSICAL ATTACK13
02BAKERROBBERY0
02BAKERSEXUAL ASSAULT0
02BAKERSEXUAL BATTERY0
02BAKERSEXUAL HARASSMENT2
02BAKERSEX OFFENSES1
02BAKERTHREAT/INTIMIDATION30
03BAYBATTERY13
03BAYBULLYING35
03BAYFIGHTING9
03BAYHARASSMENT32
03BAYHAZING1
03BAYKIDNAPPING0
03BAYPHYSICAL ATTACK12
03BAYROBBERY0
03BAYSEXUAL ASSAULT5
03BAYSEXUAL BATTERY0
03BAYSEXUAL HARASSMENT21
03BAYSEX OFFENSES14
03BAYTHREAT/INTIMIDATION59
04BRADFORDBATTERY0
04BRADFORDBULLYING0
04BRADFORDFIGHTING0
04BRADFORDHARASSMENT0
04BRADFORDHAZING0
04BRADFORDKIDNAPPING0
04BRADFORDPHYSICAL ATTACK0
04BRADFORDROBBERY0
04BRADFORDSEXUAL ASSAULT0
04BRADFORDSEXUAL BATTERY0
04BRADFORDSEXUAL HARASSMENT0
04BRADFORDSEX OFFENSES0
04BRADFORDTHREAT/INTIMIDATION3
05BREVARDBATTERY12
05BREVARDBULLYING200
05BREVARDFIGHTING48
05BREVARDHARASSMENT25
05BREVARDHAZING0
05BREVARDKIDNAPPING0
05BREVARDPHYSICAL ATTACK125
05BREVARDROBBERY1
05BREVARDSEXUAL ASSAULT0
05BREVARDSEXUAL BATTERY1
05BREVARDSEXUAL HARASSMENT63
05BREVARDSEX OFFENSES41
05BREVARDTHREAT/INTIMIDATION170
06BROWARDBATTERY228
06BROWARDBULLYING95
06BROWARDFIGHTING2,695
06BROWARDHARASSMENT21
06BROWARDHAZING0
06BROWARDKIDNAPPING0
06BROWARDPHYSICAL ATTACK128
06BROWARDROBBERY21
06BROWARDSEXUAL ASSAULT2
06BROWARDSEXUAL BATTERY0
06BROWARDSEXUAL HARASSMENT184
06BROWARDSEX OFFENSES167
06BROWARDTHREAT/INTIMIDATION368
07CALHOUNBATTERY1
07CALHOUNBULLYING0
07CALHOUNFIGHTING2
07CALHOUNHARASSMENT0
07CALHOUNHAZING0
07CALHOUNKIDNAPPING0
07CALHOUNPHYSICAL ATTACK0
07CALHOUNROBBERY0
07CALHOUNSEXUAL ASSAULT0
07CALHOUNSEXUAL BATTERY0
07CALHOUNSEXUAL HARASSMENT0
07CALHOUNSEX OFFENSES0
07CALHOUNTHREAT/INTIMIDATION0
08CHARLOTTEBATTERY25
08CHARLOTTEBULLYING14
08CHARLOTTEFIGHTING24
08CHARLOTTEHARASSMENT8
08CHARLOTTEHAZING0
08CHARLOTTEKIDNAPPING0
08CHARLOTTEPHYSICAL ATTACK98
08CHARLOTTEROBBERY0
08CHARLOTTESEXUAL ASSAULT0
08CHARLOTTESEXUAL BATTERY1
08CHARLOTTESEXUAL HARASSMENT18
08CHARLOTTESEX OFFENSES6
08CHARLOTTETHREAT/INTIMIDATION5
09CITRUSBATTERY15
09CITRUSBULLYING12
09CITRUSFIGHTING58
09CITRUSHARASSMENT0
09CITRUSHAZING0
09CITRUSKIDNAPPING0
09CITRUSPHYSICAL ATTACK10
09CITRUSROBBERY0
09CITRUSSEXUAL ASSAULT0
09CITRUSSEXUAL BATTERY0
09CITRUSSEXUAL HARASSMENT1
09CITRUSSEX OFFENSES2
09CITRUSTHREAT/INTIMIDATION14
10CLAYBATTERY17
10CLAYBULLYING16
10CLAYFIGHTING73
10CLAYHARASSMENT10
10CLAYHAZING0
10CLAYKIDNAPPING0
10CLAYPHYSICAL ATTACK18
10CLAYROBBERY5
10CLAYSEXUAL ASSAULT0
10CLAYSEXUAL BATTERY1
10CLAYSEXUAL HARASSMENT11
10CLAYSEX OFFENSES22
10CLAYTHREAT/INTIMIDATION45
11COLLIERBATTERY23
11COLLIERBULLYING44
11COLLIERFIGHTING88
11COLLIERHARASSMENT59
11COLLIERHAZING1
11COLLIERKIDNAPPING0
11COLLIERPHYSICAL ATTACK97
11COLLIERROBBERY1
11COLLIERSEXUAL ASSAULT0
11COLLIERSEXUAL BATTERY0
11COLLIERSEXUAL HARASSMENT17
11COLLIERSEX OFFENSES58
11COLLIERTHREAT/INTIMIDATION11
12COLUMBIABATTERY8
12COLUMBIABULLYING0
12COLUMBIAFIGHTING10
12COLUMBIAHARASSMENT0
12COLUMBIAHAZING0
12COLUMBIAKIDNAPPING0
12COLUMBIAPHYSICAL ATTACK0
12COLUMBIAROBBERY0
12COLUMBIASEXUAL ASSAULT0
12COLUMBIASEXUAL BATTERY0
12COLUMBIASEXUAL HARASSMENT1
12COLUMBIASEX OFFENSES0
12COLUMBIATHREAT/INTIMIDATION5
13MIAMI-DADEBATTERY67
13MIAMI-DADEBULLYING387
13MIAMI-DADEFIGHTING540
13MIAMI-DADEHARASSMENT248
13MIAMI-DADEHAZING0
13MIAMI-DADEKIDNAPPING0
13MIAMI-DADEPHYSICAL ATTACK0
13MIAMI-DADEROBBERY21
13MIAMI-DADESEXUAL ASSAULT0
13MIAMI-DADESEXUAL BATTERY7
13MIAMI-DADESEXUAL HARASSMENT133
13MIAMI-DADESEX OFFENSES19
13MIAMI-DADETHREAT/INTIMIDATION1
14DESOTOBATTERY7
14DESOTOBULLYING6
14DESOTOFIGHTING40
14DESOTOHARASSMENT18
14DESOTOHAZING0
14DESOTOKIDNAPPING0
14DESOTOPHYSICAL ATTACK0
14DESOTOROBBERY0
14DESOTOSEXUAL ASSAULT0
14DESOTOSEXUAL BATTERY0
14DESOTOSEXUAL HARASSMENT10
14DESOTOSEX OFFENSES0
14DESOTOTHREAT/INTIMIDATION5
15DIXIEBATTERY3
15DIXIEBULLYING6
15DIXIEFIGHTING98
15DIXIEHARASSMENT0
15DIXIEHAZING0
15DIXIEKIDNAPPING0
15DIXIEPHYSICAL ATTACK1
15DIXIEROBBERY0
15DIXIESEXUAL ASSAULT0
15DIXIESEXUAL BATTERY0
15DIXIESEXUAL HARASSMENT2
15DIXIESEX OFFENSES0
15DIXIETHREAT/INTIMIDATION5
16DUVALBATTERY49
16DUVALBULLYING80
16DUVALFIGHTING3,834
16DUVALHARASSMENT42
16DUVALHAZING0
16DUVALKIDNAPPING0
16DUVALPHYSICAL ATTACK4,486
16DUVALROBBERY10
16DUVALSEXUAL ASSAULT1
16DUVALSEXUAL BATTERY2
16DUVALSEXUAL HARASSMENT64
16DUVALSEX OFFENSES44
16DUVALTHREAT/INTIMIDATION34
17ESCAMBIABATTERY89
17ESCAMBIABULLYING44
17ESCAMBIAFIGHTING201
17ESCAMBIAHARASSMENT15
17ESCAMBIAHAZING0
17ESCAMBIAKIDNAPPING0
17ESCAMBIAPHYSICAL ATTACK63
17ESCAMBIAROBBERY0
17ESCAMBIASEXUAL ASSAULT1
17ESCAMBIASEXUAL BATTERY1
17ESCAMBIASEXUAL HARASSMENT13
17ESCAMBIASEX OFFENSES24
17ESCAMBIATHREAT/INTIMIDATION68
18FLAGLERBATTERY7
18FLAGLERBULLYING8
18FLAGLERFIGHTING13
18FLAGLERHARASSMENT7
18FLAGLERHAZING0
18FLAGLERKIDNAPPING0
18FLAGLERPHYSICAL ATTACK9
18FLAGLERROBBERY0
18FLAGLERSEXUAL ASSAULT1
18FLAGLERSEXUAL BATTERY0
18FLAGLERSEXUAL HARASSMENT4
18FLAGLERSEX OFFENSES17
18FLAGLERTHREAT/INTIMIDATION8
19FRANKLINBATTERY8
19FRANKLINBULLYING14
19FRANKLINFIGHTING68
19FRANKLINHARASSMENT1
19FRANKLINHAZING0
19FRANKLINKIDNAPPING0
19FRANKLINPHYSICAL ATTACK0
19FRANKLINROBBERY0
19FRANKLINSEXUAL ASSAULT0
19FRANKLINSEXUAL BATTERY0
19FRANKLINSEXUAL HARASSMENT2
19FRANKLINSEX OFFENSES0
19FRANKLINTHREAT/INTIMIDATION4
20GADSDENBATTERY14
20GADSDENBULLYING18
20GADSDENFIGHTING401
20GADSDENHARASSMENT12
20GADSDENHAZING0
20GADSDENKIDNAPPING0
20GADSDENPHYSICAL ATTACK0
20GADSDENROBBERY0
20GADSDENSEXUAL ASSAULT0
20GADSDENSEXUAL BATTERY0
20GADSDENSEXUAL HARASSMENT0
20GADSDENSEX OFFENSES6
20GADSDENTHREAT/INTIMIDATION34
21GILCHRISTBATTERY2
21GILCHRISTBULLYING3
21GILCHRISTFIGHTING0
21GILCHRISTHARASSMENT2
21GILCHRISTHAZING0
21GILCHRISTKIDNAPPING0
21GILCHRISTPHYSICAL ATTACK1
21GILCHRISTROBBERY0
21GILCHRISTSEXUAL ASSAULT1
21GILCHRISTSEXUAL BATTERY0
21GILCHRISTSEXUAL HARASSMENT0
21GILCHRISTSEX OFFENSES5
21GILCHRISTTHREAT/INTIMIDATION11
22GLADESBATTERY0
22GLADESBULLYING0
22GLADESFIGHTING0
22GLADESHARASSMENT0
22GLADESHAZING0
22GLADESKIDNAPPING0
22GLADESPHYSICAL ATTACK0
22GLADESROBBERY0
22GLADESSEXUAL ASSAULT0
22GLADESSEXUAL BATTERY0
22GLADESSEXUAL HARASSMENT1
22GLADESSEX OFFENSES0
22GLADESTHREAT/INTIMIDATION0
23GULFBATTERY0
23GULFBULLYING1
23GULFFIGHTING2
23GULFHARASSMENT0
23GULFHAZING0
23GULFKIDNAPPING0
23GULFPHYSICAL ATTACK0
23GULFROBBERY0
23GULFSEXUAL ASSAULT0
23GULFSEXUAL BATTERY0
23GULFSEXUAL HARASSMENT0
23GULFSEX OFFENSES1
23GULFTHREAT/INTIMIDATION9
24HAMILTONBATTERY5
24HAMILTONBULLYING1
24HAMILTONFIGHTING18
24HAMILTONHARASSMENT1
24HAMILTONHAZING0
24HAMILTONKIDNAPPING0
24HAMILTONPHYSICAL ATTACK9
24HAMILTONROBBERY0
24HAMILTONSEXUAL ASSAULT0
24HAMILTONSEXUAL BATTERY0
24HAMILTONSEXUAL HARASSMENT0
24HAMILTONSEX OFFENSES1
24HAMILTONTHREAT/INTIMIDATION9
25HARDEEBATTERY16
25HARDEEBULLYING3
25HARDEEFIGHTING31
25HARDEEHARASSMENT0
25HARDEEHAZING0
25HARDEEKIDNAPPING0
25HARDEEPHYSICAL ATTACK0
25HARDEEROBBERY0
25HARDEESEXUAL ASSAULT0
25HARDEESEXUAL BATTERY0
25HARDEESEXUAL HARASSMENT0
25HARDEESEX OFFENSES0
25HARDEETHREAT/INTIMIDATION0
26HENDRYBATTERY3
26HENDRYBULLYING1
26HENDRYFIGHTING76
26HENDRYHARASSMENT0
26HENDRYHAZING0
26HENDRYKIDNAPPING0
26HENDRYPHYSICAL ATTACK5
26HENDRYROBBERY0
26HENDRYSEXUAL ASSAULT0
26HENDRYSEXUAL BATTERY0
26HENDRYSEXUAL HARASSMENT2
26HENDRYSEX OFFENSES3
26HENDRYTHREAT/INTIMIDATION6
27HERNANDOBATTERY6
27HERNANDOBULLYING47
27HERNANDOFIGHTING149
27HERNANDOHARASSMENT43
27HERNANDOHAZING0
27HERNANDOKIDNAPPING0
27HERNANDOPHYSICAL ATTACK138
27HERNANDOROBBERY0
27HERNANDOSEXUAL ASSAULT3
27HERNANDOSEXUAL BATTERY0
27HERNANDOSEXUAL HARASSMENT51
27HERNANDOSEX OFFENSES24
27HERNANDOTHREAT/INTIMIDATION188
28HIGHLANDSBATTERY55
28HIGHLANDSBULLYING53
28HIGHLANDSFIGHTING96
28HIGHLANDSHARASSMENT9
28HIGHLANDSHAZING0
28HIGHLANDSKIDNAPPING0
28HIGHLANDSPHYSICAL ATTACK35
28HIGHLANDSROBBERY0
28HIGHLANDSSEXUAL ASSAULT0
28HIGHLANDSSEXUAL BATTERY1
28HIGHLANDSSEXUAL HARASSMENT37
28HIGHLANDSSEX OFFENSES3
28HIGHLANDSTHREAT/INTIMIDATION56
29HILLSBOROUGHBATTERY113
29HILLSBOROUGHBULLYING290
29HILLSBOROUGHFIGHTING2,234
29HILLSBOROUGHHARASSMENT109
29HILLSBOROUGHHAZING0
29HILLSBOROUGHKIDNAPPING0
29HILLSBOROUGHPHYSICAL ATTACK2,400
29HILLSBOROUGHROBBERY13
29HILLSBOROUGHSEXUAL ASSAULT4
29HILLSBOROUGHSEXUAL BATTERY0
29HILLSBOROUGHSEXUAL HARASSMENT166
29HILLSBOROUGHSEX OFFENSES125
29HILLSBOROUGHTHREAT/INTIMIDATION662
30HOLMESBATTERY0
30HOLMESBULLYING0
30HOLMESFIGHTING1
30HOLMESHARASSMENT0
30HOLMESHAZING0
30HOLMESKIDNAPPING0
30HOLMESPHYSICAL ATTACK0
30HOLMESROBBERY0
30HOLMESSEXUAL ASSAULT0
30HOLMESSEXUAL BATTERY0
30HOLMESSEXUAL HARASSMENT0
30HOLMESSEX OFFENSES0
30HOLMESTHREAT/INTIMIDATION7
31INDIAN RIVERBATTERY16
31INDIAN RIVERBULLYING4
31INDIAN RIVERFIGHTING10
31INDIAN RIVERHARASSMENT1
31INDIAN RIVERHAZING0
31INDIAN RIVERKIDNAPPING0
31INDIAN RIVERPHYSICAL ATTACK6
31INDIAN RIVERROBBERY1
31INDIAN RIVERSEXUAL ASSAULT0
31INDIAN RIVERSEXUAL BATTERY1
31INDIAN RIVERSEXUAL HARASSMENT5
31INDIAN RIVERSEX OFFENSES3
31INDIAN RIVERTHREAT/INTIMIDATION7
32JACKSONBATTERY1
32JACKSONBULLYING0
32JACKSONFIGHTING84
32JACKSONHARASSMENT0
32JACKSONHAZING0
32JACKSONKIDNAPPING0
32JACKSONPHYSICAL ATTACK0
32JACKSONROBBERY1
32JACKSONSEXUAL ASSAULT0
32JACKSONSEXUAL BATTERY0
32JACKSONSEXUAL HARASSMENT0
32JACKSONSEX OFFENSES1
32JACKSONTHREAT/INTIMIDATION19
33JEFFERSONBATTERY1
33JEFFERSONBULLYING2
33JEFFERSONFIGHTING1
33JEFFERSONHARASSMENT1
33JEFFERSONHAZING0
33JEFFERSONKIDNAPPING0
33JEFFERSONPHYSICAL ATTACK0
33JEFFERSONROBBERY0
33JEFFERSONSEXUAL ASSAULT0
33JEFFERSONSEXUAL BATTERY0
33JEFFERSONSEXUAL HARASSMENT0
33JEFFERSONSEX OFFENSES1
33JEFFERSONTHREAT/INTIMIDATION7
34LAFAYETTEBATTERY0
34LAFAYETTEBULLYING0
34LAFAYETTEFIGHTING23
34LAFAYETTEHARASSMENT2
34LAFAYETTEHAZING0
34LAFAYETTEKIDNAPPING0
34LAFAYETTEPHYSICAL ATTACK3
34LAFAYETTEROBBERY0
34LAFAYETTESEXUAL ASSAULT0
34LAFAYETTESEXUAL BATTERY0
34LAFAYETTESEXUAL HARASSMENT0
34LAFAYETTESEX OFFENSES1
34LAFAYETTETHREAT/INTIMIDATION0
35LAKEBATTERY5
35LAKEBULLYING23
35LAKEFIGHTING106
35LAKEHARASSMENT13
35LAKEHAZING0
35LAKEKIDNAPPING0
35LAKEPHYSICAL ATTACK12
35LAKEROBBERY0
35LAKESEXUAL ASSAULT1
35LAKESEXUAL BATTERY0
35LAKESEXUAL HARASSMENT8
35LAKESEX OFFENSES36
35LAKETHREAT/INTIMIDATION106
36LEEBATTERY66
36LEEBULLYING81
36LEEFIGHTING529
36LEEHARASSMENT75
36LEEHAZING1
36LEEKIDNAPPING0
36LEEPHYSICAL ATTACK295
36LEEROBBERY0
36LEESEXUAL ASSAULT1
36LEESEXUAL BATTERY4
36LEESEXUAL HARASSMENT142
36LEESEX OFFENSES70
36LEETHREAT/INTIMIDATION308
37LEONBATTERY19
37LEONBULLYING64
37LEONFIGHTING234
37LEONHARASSMENT42
37LEONHAZING2
37LEONKIDNAPPING0
37LEONPHYSICAL ATTACK23
37LEONROBBERY3
37LEONSEXUAL ASSAULT4
37LEONSEXUAL BATTERY0
37LEONSEXUAL HARASSMENT10
37LEONSEX OFFENSES37
37LEONTHREAT/INTIMIDATION96
38LEVYBATTERY2
38LEVYBULLYING9
38LEVYFIGHTING12
38LEVYHARASSMENT8
38LEVYHAZING0
38LEVYKIDNAPPING0
38LEVYPHYSICAL ATTACK3
38LEVYROBBERY0
38LEVYSEXUAL ASSAULT1
38LEVYSEXUAL BATTERY0
38LEVYSEXUAL HARASSMENT5
38LEVYSEX OFFENSES2
38LEVYTHREAT/INTIMIDATION9
39LIBERTYBATTERY0
39LIBERTYBULLYING0
39LIBERTYFIGHTING2
39LIBERTYHARASSMENT0
39LIBERTYHAZING0
39LIBERTYKIDNAPPING0
39LIBERTYPHYSICAL ATTACK4
39LIBERTYROBBERY0
39LIBERTYSEXUAL ASSAULT0
39LIBERTYSEXUAL BATTERY1
39LIBERTYSEXUAL HARASSMENT0
39LIBERTYSEX OFFENSES2
39LIBERTYTHREAT/INTIMIDATION7
40MADISONBATTERY0
40MADISONBULLYING2
40MADISONFIGHTING39
40MADISONHARASSMENT0
40MADISONHAZING0
40MADISONKIDNAPPING0
40MADISONPHYSICAL ATTACK0
40MADISONROBBERY0
40MADISONSEXUAL ASSAULT0
40MADISONSEXUAL BATTERY1
40MADISONSEXUAL HARASSMENT1
40MADISONSEX OFFENSES2
40MADISONTHREAT/INTIMIDATION9
41MANATEEBATTERY35
41MANATEEBULLYING16
41MANATEEFIGHTING55
41MANATEEHARASSMENT2
41MANATEEHAZING0
41MANATEEKIDNAPPING0
41MANATEEPHYSICAL ATTACK23
41MANATEEROBBERY0
41MANATEESEXUAL ASSAULT1
41MANATEESEXUAL BATTERY2
41MANATEESEXUAL HARASSMENT19
41MANATEESEX OFFENSES17
41MANATEETHREAT/INTIMIDATION71
42MARIONBATTERY101
42MARIONBULLYING19
42MARIONFIGHTING207
42MARIONHARASSMENT5
42MARIONHAZING0
42MARIONKIDNAPPING0
42MARIONPHYSICAL ATTACK13
42MARIONROBBERY0
42MARIONSEXUAL ASSAULT0
42MARIONSEXUAL BATTERY1
42MARIONSEXUAL HARASSMENT54
42MARIONSEX OFFENSES78
42MARIONTHREAT/INTIMIDATION84
43MARTINBATTERY8
43MARTINBULLYING5
43MARTINFIGHTING27
43MARTINHARASSMENT5
43MARTINHAZING0
43MARTINKIDNAPPING0
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Under the current law, students subjected to these incidents can choose to request a Hope Scholarship to attend private school, or transfer to another public school.

The Clermont mother, Jessica Gonzalez, told lawmakers that her daughter was picked on by other girls, and subjected to getting “hateful” and threatening texts. Girls cornered her daughter in the school bathroom and harassed her, among other problems, Gonzalez says.

Her daughter “hated going to school,” Gonzalez says. “Every day was a new problem.”

The school district claimed her daughter didn’t meet the requirement to get a Hope Scholarship and officials “actually played down my daughter’s harassment and bullying,” Gonzalez says.

After several months and a complicated process, Gonzalez says she was able to get the Hope Scholarship, and now, her daughter is a “whole different” person.

 

 

 

2 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Diane,
    My son Justin was beat up the first week at Leesburg HS. We were at the Superintendants office the next morning, to make sure it was taken care of. And it was the next day after.
    Horrible, not at all. Annoying, yes, immensely. Cost us a nights sleep and a days pay. My son was super impressed, and went back to LHS, and learned to not back down from adversity. He was never bothered again, graduating with honors at LHS, UF, and Levin Law School.
    It would have been wrong to run from the bullying.

  2. My parents taught me to “ stand up to my bullies”. I also graduated with honors and had a successful career. You know what else I had? YEARS OF THERAPY, I entered into an almost fatally abusive relationship because of my low self esteem… I harbored hard feelings toward my parents. My bullies shaped me into who I am- more so than my parents because they had all day to torture and hurt me. I’m 60 and still vividly recall the bullying. Good for this Mom for believing and sticking up for her child.

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