Florida’s Flawed Baker Act Rips Thousands of Kids from School

From the Tampa Bay Times: “Over the past seven years, children have been taken from public schools in Tampa Bay more than 7,500 times and temporarily placed in mental health facilities.

They often leave campus handcuffed in the back of police cruisers. Some are as young as 6.

The numbers are climbing here and across Florida under the Baker Act, a 48-year-old state law used to involuntarily commit people deemed a danger to themselves or others.

Inside schools, officials are invoking the Baker Act more readily as increasing numbers of young people fall into depression or attempt suicide, and as efforts intensify to prevent mass shootings at the hands of troubled students.”

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