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12/17/18: Safety Lawsuit Against Duval Schools; Andrew Gillum’s Impact; Cole Pepper

Lindsey Kilbride
Duval County Public Schools headquarters

The lawsuit against Duval County Public Schools for hiring armed staffers to patrol school grounds has been refiled, after the initial one was rejected on technical grounds. Local parents are arguing that the school system has gone outside the law in placing armed assistants on school campus who are not sworn police officers. We spoke to Patti Brigham, president of the League of Women Voters of Florida, former Duval County School Board member Scott Shine, and Wendy Hughes, the CEO of Mental Health America of Northeast Florida about it.

Credit Colin Hackley / City of Tallahassee
City of Tallahassee
Andrew Gillum

‘Real Talk:’ Andrew Gillum’s Impact

Andrew Gillum lost his race for Florida governor in November, but he ignited progressive voters across the nation during his campaign. And he fired up African-American voters here on the First Coast – as Duval County went for Democratic candidates at the top of the ballot for the first time in many years. In today’s ‘Real Talk,’ regular contributor Charles Griggs discussed Gillum’s impact with political strategist Obi Umunna, Pedro Cohen of the YMCA, JeffriAnne Wilder, Research Scientist, Nattional Center for Women & Information Technology, and Iris Grant from the Genési Group.

Cole Pepper

Cole Pepper joined us to break down the Jaguars’ loss in their final home game of the season.

Heather Schatz can be reached at, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @heatherschatz.

Heather is the senior producer of WJCT 89.9 FM talk shows including First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, the Florida Roundup and What's Health Got to Do with It?