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Florida School Wrestles With New Discipline Rules

A spate of student arrests and threats against teachers and other staffers has marred the rollout of a kinder, gentler approach to discipline this fall at Journeys Academy, the largest alternative school in Florida’s Seminole County.

“It’s a free-for-all,” said English teacher Brenda Richardson-McGhee, who described a chaotic atmosphere with no punishments from the school administration for misbehavior. Fourteen students were arrested in the first four weeks, or three for every four days of school.

By comparison, Seminole High had three arrests, and Lake Howell High had none.