FL: New school program helps first-time sex offenders


Students engaged in consensual sexual activity

Each school year, about three dozen Marion County students on average get kicked out of school after being caught groping or engaged in a consensual sex act on a school bus or on campus.

To reduce the amount of lost instruction time, the School District will launch a new diversion program in January for first-time offenders in hopes of keeping these students in the classroom. Students caught in the act can forgo attending an alternative school if they attend six nights of after-school classes that teach them about making better decisions.

The program is called CLEAN SLATE. “CLEAN” stands for Character Lessons Empowering And Nurturing, while “SLATE” stands for Students Learn Accountability Through Education.

District officials want parents to understand that the program is not a sex education course.

“We want parents to know that there will not be any discussion about the act itself, but the class is about making better decisions,” said Dama Abshier, the school district’s director or alternative learning.

The new program was created after a committee reviewing the student code of conduct asked to discuss the issue. The committee believed that the punishment for first offenders needed to be re-examined.

The program will allow first-time offenders to remain at their base school so they do not lose instruction time. The student must agree to attend all six 90-minute courses.


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Although the school has a second chance program, aren’t they required by law to report the sexual activity? And this will just add more kids to the registry. The 12 year old girl they spoke of is not technically allowed to say if it’s consensual or not because she is underage.

So unless the school can get itself and them immunity they shouldn’t be offering this kind of thing or they would face possible charges of covering up child sexual abuse.

Wow, a reduction of 56 from the prior year 57. Do you think the drug classes had anything to do with that or is it just natural variation?
The state is evolving from bad ass parent substitute to good cop parent substitute. Where are the biological parents whose job it was to guide their progeny?
Lost on opioids maybe?
Progeny is probably a term doomed to be obsolete. Oh ford! they will soon be able to decanter children straight onto the assembly lines of the Governo-corporate infrastructure where psychologists can raise them to be good products.

It’s crazy they’re saying minors deserve a second chance, but adults are to be harassed and ruined for life. Why not give ALL first time registrants a second chance? Why is being an adult mean you’re unable to change your ways?

I’m appalled! “School administrators want to keep sex offenders on school campuses – with YOUR children!!” (Sarcasm)
Wait, that wasn’t the BleedsLeads Daily headline?? Why not? If one of us gets a parking ticket it makes front page news AND we get charged with a sex-related felony* just because …well, why not, we deserve endless punishment? Right?
*(sarcasm – no one freak out, please)