Melbourne Police Open Investigation After Alleged Transgender Student Attack on Female Student in School Restroom
By Space Coast Daily // August 13, 2022
alleged incident took place at Johnson Middle School
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The Melbourne Police Department announced that they have opened an investigation over an alleged incident at Johnson Middle School that involved a transgender student assaulting a female student in one of the restrooms at Johnson Middle School over the summer.
The investigation began when police were alerted after Rep. Fine sent a letter to Florida Education Commissioner Manny Diaz seeking an investigation into the alleged incident.
Speaking to the AP, the allegation was brought to light after one of the parents notified Rep. Randy Fine of the alleged incident and an outstanding public records request filed to BPS by the parents, according to Rep. Randy Fine.
Fine says the parents were initially alerted by a teacher within the school about the incident. The teacher reportedly did not bring it to the school district’s attention out of fear of retaliation, according to the report.
Brevard Public Schools spokesperson Russell Bruhn responded to the Rep. Fine’s allegations and the AP report saying, “There was no attack. No victim, no witness, no parents coming forward, nothing,” said Bruhn, when speaking to the AP. “Rep. Fine owes our staff at Johnson Middle School an apology for making this baseless allegation.”
“I would assume that Rep. Fine would be eager to talk to the police himself and will also be eager to provide police with access to the concerned parents who have gone to him with this false information,” the school district spokesperson, Bruhn, said.
Melbourne Police spokesperson Shaun Hill said police had not received any reports of sexual assault happening at the school over the summer, prior to the allegations made this week.
However, after contacting Rep. Fine, police say they have opened an investigation into the alleged incident and have assigned to detectives to the case.
Rep. Fine released the following statement on his Facebook page in response to the police opening an investigation and hit back at the school district: