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Broward County Public Schools Seeks Court Guidance to Release Independent Review of Suspect in Marjory Stoneman Douglass Tragedy

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PARKLAND, FL - After being denied permission from the attorneys for the suspect in the February 14 mass murder at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to release an independent external review regarding the suspect's history at Broward County Public Schools (BCPS), the District announced that it will now make a second attempt through the court system to release the document. 

Attorneys for the District have filed a request for a declaratory judgment at the Broward County Courthouse to find a legal way to release the report, the District said. The hearing seeks a court decision as soon as feasible.

“We proactively sought this review about how the District served Cruz through his lifetime in the system. I have been clear all along that this would be released in full no matter the findings,” said BCPS Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “The public has a right to know what this review found, but we are now forced to seek guidance from the courts to do so legally, properly and quickly.” 

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The report was produced by the Collaborative Educational Network, which conducted a review of the educational services provided to the suspect, who is charged in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting tragedy on February 14, 2018. The report also includes recommendations to the District.

Superintendent Runcie announced in March that the review was being conducted and that its findings would be made public this month. A number of Florida and federal laws, including the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) prohibit the release of student educational and medical information unless granted by the student or a court order; the suspect's public defender rejected the District’s request to release this information about the suspect.

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