Let me be very clear, having investigated the Miami-Dade and Broward County school system for over a decade, this is not surprising.
The recent video of a 9-year-old Latina student and her brother being beaten mercilessly by older black students on a school bus is not an isolated incident.
Note that in all reporting you will find the “Miami-Dade School Police Department” (MDSPD) are involved… NOT, I repeat NOT, the Miami-Dade police department. The MDSPD are the gatekeepers for what Miami-Dade and Broward County schools call the ‘Promise Program.’ The MDSPD essentially act like prison wardens to keep violent thugs inside the school system away from regular police units.
In an education system set up by former School Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, a totally separate law enforcement system was put into place for the schools. Any student engaged in criminal conduct was diverted away from the criminal justice system and into a system where MDSPD would handle all criminal activity by students.
The MDSPD turned the intent of the ‘Promise Program’ into a gladiator academy. The program was so poorly thought out, and the unintended consequences so brutally ignored, this was always going to be the outcome.link