Brevard Public Schools Condemns Death Threats and ‘Heinous Actions’ Made Against Staff at Ocean Breeze Elementary
By Space Coast Daily // October 25, 2021
BPS: there is absolutely no place for threats of violence
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Brevard Public Schools released a statement on Monday about threats made against staff at Ocean Breeze Elementary after an Indian Harbour Beach father accused the school’s staff of forcing his daughter with Down syndrome to wear a mask by tying it to her head for about six weeks.
“Brevard Public Schools condemns the death threats and other heinous actions occurring against our staff at Ocean Breeze Elementary,” said BPS in a statement.
“Recent concerns over a face mask used by a student are being thoroughly investigated by the district. While BPS appreciates the opinions of the community on this issue, there is absolutely no place for threats of violence or the behavior being displayed against our educators.
“We take any threat made against our education community seriously and are thankful to our local law enforcement who are currently evaluating the threats that have been made against our staff.”
The allegation stems from an incident on Oct. 7 when student Sofia Steele stepped off her school bus with a mask, wet from her saliva, tied to her head with a thin, nylon string, Sofia’s father Jeffery Steele told Fox News Digital, but she did not leave for school with a mask on that day or any day prior.
“The student was given a medical mask exemption as soon as the mother made the request to school leadership,” Brevard Public Schools Chief Strategic Communications Officer Russell Bruhn said in a statement.
“The school district is investigating and is in the process of gathering all the facts. BPS strives to ensure each student educational experience possible and will continue in that effort.”