A Florida sheriff’s agency has a secret list of students it believes could “fall into a life of crime” based on their grades and discipline histories, according to media reports.
The Pasco Sheriff’s Office uses data from the Pasco County Schools district and the state Department of Children and Families to compile a list of children from middle and high schools, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
Elementary schools are not included.
The district’s data shows which students are struggling academically and have missed too many classes and the FDCF data shows which have been victims or witnesses of child abuse. Parents and students apparently were unaware of the list, according to the newspaper.
The sheriff’s office has its own information that — combined with the other two data sets — goes into a system that scores children in 16 categories. They are each assigned a label: On Track, At Risk, Off-Track or Critical.
In a statement to Fox News,