Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., has denied recent requests to terminate the state's school safety database and will continue to gather data that tracks students' mental health, Spectrum Bay News 9 reports. DeSantis put out a statement explaining the purpose and use of the database were being misinterpreted by the coalition of 33 organizations. DeSantis said the database functions as "a tool for threat assessment teams to evaluate the seriousness of individual cases and is not being used to label students as potential threats." In response, the coalition criticized DeSantis' attempts at reassurance, noting that the governor failed to fully clarify how the database will be used and what kinds of data will be collected.
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