Osceola Middle School student says she escaped from 2 men

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[Last updated on November 29, 2016, at 6 p.m., to include a statement from the Marion County Public Schools system.]

Ocala, Florida — An Osceola Middle School student said she was targeted Monday by two men as she waited for her mother to pick her up after school.

Ocala police said the girl was sitting at the northwest corner of 520 Southeast Sanchez Avenue waiting for her mother.

The girl said that she waits for her mother at the location every day and that, there are usually other students with her. However, she was alone on Monday.

According to reports, at approximately 2:15 p.m., a silver four-door car was driving south on Southeast Sanchez and stopped at the stop sign.

Police said the driver, a white male with blonde hair and a short beard, who was also wearing square-rimmed reading glasses, began to stare at the student.

The girl told police that the man asked her if she was bored; to which she replied, “No”.

The man then asked her if she needed a ride.

The girl replied, “No, I am waiting for my mom.”

The girl told police that after she told him “no” the second time, he just kept staring at her.

The report states that the girl told the man, “You can leave now.”

The man then replied, “Get in the Car.”

The girl then got up and began to walk southbound on the western sidewalk of Southwest Sanchez Avenue.

She then stated to the driver, “I am calling my mom.”

The man then turned east on Southeast 6th Street and circled back around.

According to reports, the man pulled up behind the girl and began to follow her while talking on his cell phone.

When the girl reached Southeast 8th Street on Sanchez Avenue, she saw a blue four-door vehicle traveling eastbound on Southwest 8th Street.

She said the second vehicle abruptly pulled in front of her and cut her off.

The girl told police that the driver, a white male, was also on his cell phone.

Moments later, the man in the silver car exited his vehicle and began chasing the girl as she ran away. She said the man in the blue car stayed in his vehicle.

According to police, the girl ran westbound on Southeast 8th Street towards Eighth Street Elementary.

The girl said that when she arrived at the school, the man disappeared.

She told police that she then walked back to Osceola Middle School, where she called her mother.

Police canvassed the area, but did not locate any suspects. Police also questioned residents to see if anyone had witnessed the incident, but were met with negative results.

Police said the silver vehicle might have a pink license plate border around the tag.

Marion County Public Schools Public Information Officer, Kevin Christian, stated the following in an e-mail to Ocala Post:

Ocala Police are aware of the incident which happened a few blocks away from the Osceola Middle School campus.

Principal Suzette Parker sent a Skylert (automated) phone, email & text message to all parents giving them a heads up and encouraging them to talk with their children.

We obviously want parents to be cautious of this incident and hope they will urge their kids not to interact at all with strangers.  The safest place for students to wait after school is on campus where supervision is provided.  Parents can use the well-established car line to remain in a safe position to pick up their kids.

The following is the e-mail that was sent from the school to parents:

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Following the incident, many parents expressed their concern with how the situation was explained to them.

Ashley Boutwell wrote, “Why is this story changing so much from what the school reported to the parents yesterday?? I think we are entitled to know the details up front.”

OPD told Ocala Post that they have increased surveillance in the area where the incident occurred.

The investigation is ongoing.

If you have any information, please call the Ocala Police Department at 352-369-7000, Crime Stoppers at 368-STOP,  or text 274637 using keyword 368-STOP.  Tipsters can also visit www.ocalacrimestoppers.com. Anonymity is guaranteed.




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  • Tax Watcher

    Marion County Public Schools had same problem in 2005. Lockheed Martin offered free camera’s for this problem. Principal John McCollum declined the Free cameras…Date/Time: 3/14/05 / 8:43:24
    System: HTE OCALA POLICE DEPARTMENT Page:
    Progrm: CHF004P Narrative Print
    Case Number: 1-05-008765
    **************************** N A R R A T I V E 4* 2 ***************************
    CASE NARR Reported By: JOHNSTON, JOHNNY M. 3/10/05
    Reviewed By: SHIVELEY, DOUGLAS E. 3/11/05
    While walking home from Osceola Middle School today, 03/10/2005, at 1500 hours, a white or Hispanic male in his mid thirties, black hair, mustache, medium build, tried to get the sixth grade female student in his car. The student stated he said, “Get in the car I’ll give you a ride”. The student said she walked away from the car and
    started looking and he took off. The vehicle is described as a white Toyota four door, newer model, possibly a Corolla, with dark tinted windows.
    AS DICTATED BY: CORPORAL J. M. JOHNSTON, 03/10/05 Subject: Fw: Security Camera’s From: “Carolyn Torrey” Date: 3/16/2008 7:26 AM To: “Kurt Kelly”
    What I did a year ago to make a school property safer and I was promised the district would do a county wide security camera. They haven’t. This was free to the county.
    —– Original Message —–From:fkr To:Carolyn Torrey Sent: 03/10/2007 12:29 PM Subject: Fw: Security Camera’s
    —– Original Message —–From:Carolyn Torrey To:John McCollum Cc:Kurt Kelly Sent: Thursday, January 04, 2007 4:29 PM Subject: Security Camera’s
    Dear Mr. McCollum,
    Thi Nguyen, of Lockheed Martin, called today and said we probably could get some of the engineers to help with the installation of these camera’s
    Sincerely, Carolyn Torrey—– Original Message —–From:Fort King Realty Inc Carolyn Torrey To:John McCollum Sent: Sunday, December 24, 2006 8:15 AM Subject: Resending e-mails computer issues on my side.
    I am having to resend all e-mail my computer failed and many e-mails did not make it so I am resend the e-mails if you have already seen this please disregard.
    Dear Mr. McCollum,
    Merry Christmas. Looks like Santa came early for Osceola. My dear friend at Lockheed Martin was able to put together some security cameras. He will have the engineers test the equipment to make sure it is in good working condition. What T*****, from Lockheed Martin, will need is a letter stating that we are seeking the donation of surplus CCTV components on Marion County School Board Stationary. I know we spoke at the last SAC meeting that we will need to contact School Board to formally accept this donation at a meeting in School Board. DEPOSITION OF: JOHN McCOLLUM
    December 21, 2011

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    project she had on her agenda. Q That’s cryptic. Tell us what you mean. explain your answer. THE WITNESS: Okay. She had a project in mind of involving donated surveillance equipment from Lockheed Martin that she wanted installed atthe school.
    BY MS. PALMER: Q And you objected to that; is that what you’re saying? A No. Q Tell us what you mean by being over enthusiastic about this? A She scheduled multiple meetings with me, uhmm, after I had already informed her that we would run it by our technology department to determine if this equipment was useful, viable. Q And you objected to her scheduling meetings with you after you had done that; is that what you’re saying? A No. Q What do you mean by over enthusiastic? A When I told her we would follow through to check on this information she kept on wanting more information.
    11 Page 2 She kept on wanting to schedule additional meetings about the same topic. Q And you didn’t like that; is that what you’re saying?A No. Q Well, what are you saying then? A I’m not sure about your question. Q The way you were answering my question sounds like you were saying that you disapproved in some way, and I’m trying to understand what your feelings about what Ms. Torrey was doing were. A This was not — Q So my question is, when you say overly enthusias — enthusiastic, are you using that term as a pejorative? A Excuse me? Q Are you meaning something negative by your use of the word overly enthusiastic? A No, ma’am. Q Okay. So other than setting up a lot of meetings with you about a project she was concerned about did you — was your interaction with Ms. Torrey any different than your interaction with any other parent? A At that time it was — other than — other than the meetings with the Lockheed Martin equipment it was relatively normal, yes. Q You quantified by relatively normal, so what do you mean by that? A It was — it was normal.

    • Tax Watcher

      Sovereign Immunity needs to be revoked for schools… Thus so far this year we see an Unreported bus accident and now we have near abductions that could have been solved with cameras these Cases Raises Questions About District’s Credibility
      If Marion County Public Schools want parents to trust them with their children, they need to be responsive and honest. But in Marion Oaks unreported bus accident, and near abductions that had earlier solutions, there are many parents are worried about the safety of the area’s Elementary School and middles school students, getting straight answers are hard to come by.
      And this seems characteristic of a school district that all too often appears obsessed with avoiding blame and minimizing problems.
      School leaders brushed off valid questions about student safety, telling parents the area’s schools are merely the victims of bad publicity and misconceptions.
      a flash point for parents with safety concerns because the district has been so eager to dismiss this tragic event as irrelevant.
      Their conduct makes the district look as if it intended to mislead people. This undermines school officials’ credibility and takes some shine from what appear to be laudable safety improvements
      Reasonable parents will understand that bad things happen despite educators’ best efforts. And there is no evidence the school was in any way negligent.
      Yet being defensive seems to be school leaders’ natural reflex. We’ve seen it in the way they’ve dealt with parents who have questioned the elementary math curriculum; in how they’ve handled parents who objected to abrupt boundary changes and now in how they answer questions about school safety.
      Instead of treating parents’ questions with respect, they obfuscate or cavalierly dismiss them.
      But parents take such matters seriously. And when it comes to their children’s safety, they want, and deserve, the unvarnished truth

      Does Florida’s Sovereign Immunity Shield a School from Liability- even if it is negligent?
      Posted by Gabrielle D’Alemberte
      Tuesday, March 30, 2010 11:27 AM EST
      Sovereign Immunity in Florida (Section 728.28, Florida Statutes) caps damages of governmental negligence to a maximum recovery of $100,000. This means if your child is in football and the coach does not permit adequate water drinking to players, and your child dies, there is a maximum recovery of $100,000. The child that was bound and sexually assaulted two years ago at Coral Gables Elementary? Recovery was maxed at $100,000 despite that the school had not performed a
      background check to determine what previous allegations of similar acts lurked in the teacher’s history. The system is not working, even Senate President Jim King (who has since died), tried to reform it back in 2002, without success. Florida schools have recently been a microcosm of bullying violence over the last two years. Just this last October, one student was fatally stabbed and another was set on fire and burned. The first student,
      Juan Carlos Rivera
      , was killed when a rivalry over a girl erupted with a classmate, Andy Rodriguez. The girl was dating Rodriguez, but had often given Rivera rides to school and this was a point of contention between the two boys. Following a dirty look that was shot across a Coral Gables High School hallway between the two, Rodriguez stabbed Rivera with a box cutter that he claimed to have brought to school to defend himself just in case. Rivera soon died after being stabbed five separate times. Rodriguez claimed that he was attacked first, but no evidence corroborated the claim. Rodriguez is now facing second-degree murder charges, and will be tried as an adult. Two weeks later, Rivera’s mother, Anais Cruz, held a press conference to announce her intentions to sue the Miami School System for failure to provide adequate security. In fact, video posted on You Tube
      showed almost no supervision in open areas during fights. The same month (on October 12th), a 15-year old student of nearby Deerfield Beach Middle School was set on fire by bullies while at school. The boy, Michael Brewer, had concerns about attending
      school on Monday and even had a meeting with the administration the following day. Before that meeting could be held, five classmates doused Brewer with rubbing alcohol and set him on fire. Local news sources reported that the attack may have occurred over a bicycle or disagreement over a video game. Brewer was hospitalized with burns over sixty-five percent of his body and was given numerous skin grafts. It is expected that he will need over a year of intense physical therapy. No sources are reporting any legal action on the part of Brewer or his parents. The five boys were
      charged as adults and pled not guilty. During the same academic year, a 14-year-old boy at Madison Middle School student brought a gun to school. Although it was confiscated without incident, it wasn’t the only weapon that made an appearance in Miami-Dade Schools. Two students from Westview Middle School and one from North
      Miami Beach Sr. High were arrested for bringing guns to schools. Previous years suggest an ongoing problem. In November of 2008, 15-year-old Teah Wimberly admitted to shooting and killing her friend Amanda Collette, also 15, at Dillard High School in Miramar. In 2004, one fourteen year old stabbed another in a Southwood Middle School bathroom. Parents are concerned that forums to address the violence in the schools will have little effect. Others wonder about the possibility of law
      suits.
      1/30/2011
      There is a very real question about whether schools or school boards sued over this kind of violence may be able to claim sovereign immunity. A defense with its roots in an ancient doctrine along the lines of thought that the king can do no wrong, the idea now has roots in the Eleventh Amendment that shields states and counties from liability. Cities receive a lower level of protection. Municipalities also have some protection. Of course, there are exceptions for gross negligence; which may be an important exception for those seeking to sue the Florida school boards for recent attacks (of course, victims and their families as guardians may sue; others do not have standing). Because sovereign
      immunity is decided on a case-by-case basis, it is difficult to tell how successful a school or its board would be. However, it bears noting that Florida’s sovereign immunity law precludes a school district employee from being held personally liable in most tort situations, and makes the governmental entity exclusively responsible for injury or damage claims. Bottom line, no one should be immune from having to act responsibly, not people, not parents, not coaches or teachers, and certainly not our schools.