Collier County School Board Kamela Patton

A Reply to Collier School District’s Safety Update #3

From: Steve Bracci
Sent: Sunday, February 18, 2018 6:52 PM
To: Patton, Kamela <>
Cc: ‘Lichter, Kelly’; Donalds, Erika; Lucarelli, Stephanie; Carter, Erick; Terry, Roy
Subject: CCPS Safety Update #3

Superintendent Patton – this appears to be overt cover for your administration’s reported failure to provide a Youth Relations Deputy at Manatee Middle School, despite repeated requests from now-released Principal Pam Vicaryous.  Was the Patton Administration playing games with student safety at Manatee Middle School to isolate a high-performing principal who fell into disfavor with the District’s pals at the Teacher’s Union?  This issue is presently boomeranging big time against the District throughout the community, and is exposing the Patton Administration for the petty gamesmanship that it may have been playing, even at the risk of student safety.

In response to your e-mail below, through research has  uncovered possible unusual activity by your administration as to a pattern of prior investigations involving student safety which call into question why certain past investigations may have been jointly processed by CCSO and CCPS without significant penalty or repercussion.  Stay tuned to for that report.

You might also want to pay attention to the Parents Rock Facebook page, which just this weekend alone has 14,000+ views because our community is so concerned about how your Administration has seemingly failed our community in its past investigations, particularly as to the Manatee Middle school bus driver’s texting with a student.

Your administration is apparently now in full damage control mode.  Our community is not stupid.  We can see your administration’s kneejerk reaction for what it is.  Yes, student safety is important and the CCSO and CCPS need to be vigilant.  But in my opinion, your administration is also presently covering for itself.

The community is waking up, and the wizard behind the curtain is being exposed.


Steve Bracci


From: Collier County Public Schools
Sent: Sunday, February 18, 2018 6:00 PM
To: Collier County Public Schools Recipients <>
Subject: CCPS Safety Update #3

CCSO, CCPS  and Collier Law Enforcement Agencies Announce Enhanced Safety Plan February 18, 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk and Collier County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kamela Patton, along with Naples Police Chief Tom Weschler, Marco Island Police Chief Al Schettino and campus police of Florida SouthWestern State College and their respective staffs continued to work over the weekend to develop an enhanced school safety plan to help everyone feel safe when they return to class Monday morning.

This is in addition to enhancements that were put into place in Collier County schools immediately after Wednesday’s school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County and is in addition to the long-standing partnership between CCPS and CCSO that has kept our schools safe for many years.

All Collier County public schools will have at least one Youth Relations Bureau deputy assigned to it full time and these assignments will be reassessed regularly and incorporated into strategic staffing plans in upcoming budgets.  In addition, there will be increased law enforcement visibility at all public, private and charter schools as well as on the campus of Florida SouthWestern State College.

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office still has open and active investigations relating to the social media posts, statements and threats made recently relating to our schools. CCSO takes these investigations very seriously. The students involved in the incidents that are under investigation have been removed from school pending the outcome of the investigations and are under law enforcement observation.

It is especially important for everyone in the community to report suspicious or unusual activity to law enforcement. Anyone wishing to report suspicious activity can call the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 239-252-9300, or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-8477.

We will make additional safety updates for our community as information comes available.

Also, students should be aware that making threats, even over social media, can result in serious consequences including arrest and we ask that parents have this very important discussion with their kids.

Kamela Patton,
Ph.D. Superintendent Collier County Public Schools

One comment

  1. Florida Teacher of the Year, Kelly Guthrie Raley, from Lake County, opines on school violence in the aftermath of the shootings in Parkland. Guns are NOT the problem. The current culture is the problem.

    Let’s listen to the teacher. The answer is NOT increasing the already bloated $1.05 Billion CCPS budget.

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