Allegations Against Suwannee County Schools

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By: Garin Flowers
September 4, 2013

Suwannee County, FL - Voices were raised and concerns were brought to light.

The NAACP teamed up with the Southern Poverty Law Center to address issues in the Suwannee County school system.

"The biggest issue it's got is a really really poor performance rate, they've got less than 60 percent of the children graduate," said David Utter with the Southern Poverty Law Center

The civil rights groups talked to local residents, gathered data and presented it Wednesday night.

"Suwannee County has an inordinately high arrest rate of kids. The state rate is ten per thousand students, whereas Suwannee County is 24 per thousand students," Utter said.

Suwannee County Sheriff Tony Cameron was also on hand and addressed those alarming statistics.

"There's a thing called a notice to appear and if you file that notice to appear on a child, that child doesn't go to a jail. The child goes before a judge, the county judge and he can give him a judicial warning, he can give him some community hours, but that child still has no criminal record," Cameron said.

"We're here to work with the NAACP and community to help put some pressure on the people that can make a difference here," Utter added.

That includes schools superintendent Jerry Scarborough. He declined to comment because of pending litigation with the Southern Poverty Law Center.

For more information or to voice your opinion, you can contact officials with the NAACP:

Suwannee County Executive Committee Members Les White at 386-647-7360 or Tommie Jefferson at 386-209-8680.

By: Garin Flowers
September 4, 2013

Suwannee County, FL - Two major civil rights groups are sounding off on Suwannee County schools today. They believe the system is failing its children and they are speaking out to voice their concerns.

Very strong allegations are being made by the local NAACP chapter and the Southern Poverty law center.

The groups just kicked off a press conference at Triumph Church Fellowship Hall in Live Oak. They are claiming that Suwannee counties' school policies are pushing students out of the classroom and into the school-to-prison pipeline. They believe that unfair academic practices leads to underperformance amongst students here.

This event is called a Report Card on Schools and got underway around six. WCTV will bring you more information tonight on Eyewitness News at 11.

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