Juvenile Offenders in the Classroom

The capital city witnessed a heinous crime earlier this week when a pizza delivery woman was abducted and sexually assaulted by four men. Several of the suspects are Leon County students, the youngest just 13 years old.

The kids are not back in class; they are being detained by the juvenile justice system. School leaders say once the judicial system runs its course then the school system will know what step to take next.

Just after midnight Monday, Tallahassee police say four young men restrained, robbed and raped a pizza delivery driver. Three of the four suspects are Leon County students, some of them with a history of bad behavior.

"Will these kids be allowed back into school? I can't tell you today, but in the past with similar situations haven't returned to school," says Bill Montford.

But it begs the question: what if the students are allowed to return to school, how would officials keep track of them with more than 30,000 students roaming Leon County school campuses?

"Well defined tracking system, work very well with outside agency to ensure that we address misbehavior. We don't just them back into school and say they are back," says Montford.

Leon County has a court representative who notifies the district office when a child convicted of a crime is returning to school. In turn, the district notifies the principal, who notifies the teacher.

It stops short of spreading the word to parents, but school officials say the vast majority of Leon County public school students are law abiding.

A total of five Leon County students have been arrested for this crime and the robberies of two other delivery drivers. Two of the juveniles are PACE Secondary School students, one is a 9th grader at Leon High School, and one is a 9th grader at Rickards High School and the youngest of the bunch the 13-year-old went to Second Chance School.