Broward Co. (FL) school board filed for contempt against Sun Sentinel — and then learned about it in Sun Sentinel

No one told some Broward school board members they were filing a contempt-of-court case against the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

No one except the Sun Sentinel, that is.

The district’s chief lawyer, Barbara Myrick, asked a judge this week to hold the newspaper and two reporters in contempt of court for publishing an uncensored report about the Parkland school shooter. She said she never consulted the school board despite filing the action on the board’s behalf.

Several board members said at a tense meeting Tuesday that they found out about the case only by reading it in the Sun Sentinel.

“The decision was made without my consultation, and I would like to have a say in what’s going on right now,” board member Robin Bartleman said.

The newspaper wrote Friday night about a long-awaited report regarding the education of Marjory Stoneman Douglas gunman Nikolas Cruz, who killed 17 people Feb. 14 at Stoneman Douglas.

After a judge’s order, the district released the report with nearly two-thirds of its content blacked out to protect the Cruz’s privacy rights — a move that also concealed much about how the district mishandled Cruz’s education. (Read more…)