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After Parkland, old assault by sheriff's son becomes a story

MiamiHerald / In mid-February of 2014, two 17-year-old Marjory Stoneman Douglas students assaulted a 14-year-old baseball player near the high school stadium. They kicked the boy, a police report said, held him to the ground and simulated a sexual assault through the teen’s clothing with a baseball bat.

One of the assailants was Broward Sheriff Scott Israel’s son, Brett Israel, according to the incident report.

When the attack was reported to authorities, Brett Israel and the other 17-year-old, Anthony Broderick, were not arrested. They were suspended from the Parkland high school for three days based on the school’s conclusion that they had committed a simple battery, and that the suspension was consistent with the Broward County School District’s discipline “matrix.”

The victim’s parents approved the sanction, saying the suspension was the appropriate punishment and that any law enforcement action would have put their son through unnecessary trauma.

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