To help readers, provided are links that serve as a guide to Daily News coverage since we first learned that the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office was actively investigating in August alleged abuse of special needs students at Kenwood Elementary School.
The case unfolding in Okaloosa County concerning the alleged abuse of special needs students at Kenwood Elementary School, and now including Silver Sands School plus the recent report of four district personnel being placed on administrative leave during child abuse investigations at three separate elementary schools, is a priority story for the staff at the Northwest Florida Daily News.
We are placing all resources necessary — including monetary for past, present and future public records requests and consultation with legal experts — to cover a case that has shocked our community.
The Daily News is actively working public leads on the case to increase the scope of our investigative reporting. It is far more likely than not that more children may have been subjected to the abuse alleged in the investigation reports obtained to date by the Daily News.
If any of our readers believe they have information that can further peel back the layers of an onion that at this point is growing in size daily, contact us by email:
Bob Heist, executive editor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wendy Victora, managing editor, email@example.com
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Tom McLaughlin, staff reporter, email@example.com
Please be sure to briefly describe the information we may want to investigate plus a phone number for contact. All reader information will be held in strict confidence.
As for where the case currently stands, it is sometimes hard to follow a developing story if you haven't been there from the beginning. To help readers, below are links that serve as a guide to Daily News coverage of the case since we first learned that the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office was actively investigating in August what by that time was more than a year of silence on the case involving little Noah Perillo, the now 6-year-old non-verbal autistic boy alleged to be a main victim of abuse at Kenwood Elementary.
The dates are when Daily News original reporting first was published online at nwfdailynews.com:
Mary Beth Jackson continues to press for own attorney
4 school district staffers placed on administrative leave this week
School Resource Officer displayed ‘wanton indifference’ to Kenwood investigations
State: Teacher hurt kids at Silver Sands School
Mary Beth Jackson says she wants her own lawyer
Sheriff’s Office: School resource officer neglected duties in Kenwood abuse case
Sept. 30, 2017
School Board chairman believes abuse probe followed ‘district investigative process’
OCSD must address 'The superintentdent shall ...'
Sept. 27, 2017
State Attorney: School district investigation will be ‘thorough’
Sept. 26, 2017
Sheriff’s Office: Superintendent knew of child abuse report
Sept. 25, 2017
Jackson not resigning ‘at this time’
Okaloosa School Board to consider new abuse regulations
PHOTOS: Okaloosa School Board meeting
Petition for Jackson’s ouster gains momentum
Former superintendents question school district’s current leadership
Sept. 22, 2017
Superintendent reveals having email containing investigative report but never opened it
Jackson clarifies contradiction
Sept. 21, 2017
OCSD responds to questions about controversial memo
School district probe sparks proposals
Sept. 16, 2017
Child Abuse Investigation: ‘I’m not going to be a scapegoat’
Investigator: OCSD exonerated Stillions on false pretenses
Sept. 15, 2017
3 people arrested in child cruelty case
2 school district employees suspended in connection with abuse investigation
VIDEO: Eddie Perillo, father of abused autistic child
Sept. 13, 2017
Mother wants notification of child abuse cases
Sept. 12, 2017
‘Several’ warrants isssued in school district child abuse case
Aug. 4, 2017
OCSO confirms investigation into alleged teacher abuse