Transparency is now "contempt"? The public, and especially the victims' families, deserve to know these 'details'.

Paper Faces Contempt for Story on School Shooting Suspect
The material two judges had ordered kept secret shows that Broward County school officials failed to follow state and federal laws that provide for disabled students.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida newspaper faced an ethical dilemma after a school district’s mistake exposed details that were supposed to be redacted from its lengthy examination of the education of school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz.

The material two judges had ordered kept secret shows that Broward County school officials failed to follow state and federal laws that provide for disabled students. It lays out in abundant detail why Cruz needed the school system’s therapeutic services. It describes how bureaucratic failures essentially left the mentally disturbed 18-year-old without support for 14 months leading up to the attack that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The district publicly released the report Friday with nearly two-thirds of its content blacked out to protect Cruz’s privacy rights. But the report was prepared in a way that anyone could see the entire text after copy-pasting the blacked-out report into a Word document.

Alerted by a reader that the full report was visible, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel decided that it couldn’t hold back these details, and had a duty to report Friday night on the mistakes school officials made.

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