(BREVARD COUNTY, FLA) — While standing outside of a prison as a backdrop, Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey threatened harsher penalties for student behavioral problems like cellphone use in the county’s public schools.
Sheriff Ivey said he received reports of “dangerous and sometimes violent student misbehavior from teachers, school staff and administrators.” As a result, Ivey announced his plans to reform the county’s discipline guidelines to put the adults back in charge.
“Our teachers are distracted. They can’t do their jobs anymore, and they are spending more time dealing with [students] on their cell phones disrupting their class than they are teaching those that actually came there to learn,” Ivey said at his original press conference.
Ivey pointed to the decline in harsh punishments in public schools such as banning of corporal punishment in particular.
“Quite frankly, they’re not worried about getting in trouble. They know nothing’s gonna happen to them. They know they’re not going to be given after-school detention, they’re not going to be suspended,” the sheriff claimed. “They’re not going to be expelled or, like in the old days, they’re not gonna have the cheeks of their a– torn off for not doing right in class.”
State Attorney Phil Archer, Brevard Public School Board Chair Matt Susin, Brevard Police Major Brian Neal and School Service Workers Union Rep. Dolores Varney joined the sheriff to show their support.
“I said what I meant in that video, and by that, it was simply this: They got to get to these kids before they get to me,” Ivey told Spectrum 13 during a break in the meeting. “I picked that backdrop, because if they don’t get to these kids, that’s where they end up.”
No official changes have been made to the discipline guidelines as of today.