Broward County school officials made a huge mistake that resulted in the publication of private information about the student charged with murdering 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — and now they’re going after the reporters who published the info, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
The school district has asked that the Sun Sentinel and two of its reporters who published the private information be held in contempt of court for taking advantage of the school system’s mistake.
“They opted to report, publicly, information that this court had ordered to be redacted despite agreeing, on the record, that this information was protected by both Florida and federal law,” the district claims, according to court records.
Reporters and editors at the paper stand by the decision to release the information, and media lawyer Tom Julin doesn’t believe the paper did anything wrong.
“The problem is the School Board’s problem and not the Sun Sentinel’s,” Julin said. “The Sun Sentinel is entitled to publish the information that it lawfully obtained even if that information should have been redacted from the document that was released.” (Read more from “Big Mistake Led to Leak of Damning Info About Broward County Schools’ Handling of Nikolas Cruz” HERE)