‘Students are out of control’: Brevard County school discipline plan gains support from teachers

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — Brevard County’s new school board chairman said it’s time for the disruptive behavior in classrooms to come to an end.


The sheriff’s office, state attorney’s office and unions representing teachers and support staff are already part of the discussion after Sheriff Wayne Ivey announced the initiative on a Facebook Live.

On Monday, Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey announced the measure on Facebook LIve.

Chairman Matt Susin also plans to bring DCF and a number of community organizations to the table, along with parents.

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The teacher’s union is also supportive of a plan to make teachers and students feel safer in their classrooms.

Even though the announcement took place in front of the jail, Susin said the initiative is not about slapping handcuffs on students.

Brevard Federation of Teachers President Anthony Colucci said right now, many teachers aren’t feeling protected in the classrooms. While there are rules in place, Colucci said some students aren’t being held accountable for their poor behavior.

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“We need to get a hold of that, we need a new plan,” Colucci said. “We need to sit down as a team, community members, school board members, administrators and make a better plan that’s working. Because, what we’re hearing from so many teachers and staff members is it’s not working, the students are out of control.”

The community-driven initiative will start with a workshop, planned for next week.

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Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.

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