Just two days after the Parkland massacre, a couple of high school girls were injured by a drive-by shooting outside Middleton High School in Tampa.
Sen. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, visited the school shortly after to see what he could do. He said he was shocked to learn the school's 1,600 students had only one psychologist, who only worked three days a week.
“It’s virtually nonexistent what school districts are doing to help the mental health of our students,” Rouson said.
Middleton's situation is not uncommon in Florida, where school mental health programs have been chronically underfunded and short-staffed for decades. Yet Florida's leaders are pointing to this same cash-starved system as a way to treat more students who could pose possible threats.
To make good on that, they'll have to make up for lost ground.
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