State Officials Say Schoolchildren Safe in Florida Schools

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

At an afternoon news conference, Winn and officials from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement sought to assure parents that they're on top of the latest report from the FBI that information on a Fort Myers school was found on a computer disc in Iraq.

However, Winn disclosed that he had not been advised himself until Thursday.

The state's homeland security adviser, Mike McHargue, said they were told about the disc two weeks ago and immediately shared it with the appropriate authorities.

Lee County Schools Superintendent James Browder says the FBI told him about two weeks ago that a computer disc found in Iraq contained one page from the district's 20-page code of conduct that listed elementary schools and transportation phone numbers for parents to find out school bus routes.

Browder said the information was easily accessible from the school district's external website.

Florida is one of six states put on notice last month after discovery of the disc that contained photos and information about the schools.


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