Student accused of rape faces new charges, won’t be back at Monarch High School

A 19-year-old student accused of rape won’t be going back to Monarch High School anytime soon.

Gibson Sylvain was ordered held without bond Tuesday after the state added four counts of sexual battery against him.

Many parents at the Coconut Creek school were concerned when Sylvain was initially allowed back on campus after his August arrest.

Police said Sylvain raped a woman at a bus stop on Halloween in 2016. DNA taken from the woman’s sweater linked Sylvain to the crime.

Sylvain was back in court Tuesday to face four new charges.

A detective testified in court that Sylvain claimed he thought the woman was a prostitute, and he didn’t have any money for her.

Sylvain’s family refused to speak to Local 10 News.

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South Florida educators, lawmakers vow to fight end of TPS for Haitians

South Florida educators and lawmakers are vowing to fight a recent decision to end temporary protected status for Haitians.

“As an immigrant myself, I cannot remain silent on this issue,” Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said during a news conference Tuesday morning.

Carvalho was joined by U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., and other fellow educators and lawmakers to condemn the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to end TPS for Haitians in July 2019.

“Today is a difficult day, not just for those who benefit from the TPS program, but for so many South Florida families who depend on them,” Curbelo said. 

The temporary status allows Haitians who fled the country after the 2010 earthquake to live and stay in the U.S. without fear of deportation.

“What will we gain by deporting Haitians?” Wilson said. “It’s not even that many — 50,000 people. What do we gain?”

South Florida’s congressional delegation wants to make the temporary protected status permanent.

“That’s why we filed the Esperer legislation, which means hope in French,” Curbelo said. “How appropriate.”

Miami-Dade County school board member Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall said something must be done.

“We will not sit idly by and do nothing,” she said. “If they come for the Haitians, they will come for all of us.”

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Police officers arrest teen with loaded gun at Broward school

Major Charneil Byrd had a book bag, but he wasn’t at Charles W. Flanagan High School for an education. 

Pembroke Pines Police Department Capt. Al Xiques said the school’s security guards recognized the 18-year-old former student. They said he was wearing a hoodie to hide his face and was near the school’s portable classrooms. 

The security guards called school resource officers. When they searched him, Xiques said the officers found a Glock 19, 9mm firearm with a 31 round magazine containing 11 bullets. It was tucked in his waistband. 

“It’s unknown what the suspect’s intentions were regarding his presence,” Xiques said. 

Byrd was arrested at the school at 12800 Taft St. He was at Broward County Jail facing charges of trespassing and faces charges of possession of a firearm on a school property and two counts of carrying a concealed weapon. Xiques said they were still investigating the incident. 

Another teenager got arrested for carrying a loaded 9 mm Beretta handgun at a school in Miami-Dade Wednesday. But the gun Ke’mard Rashad Jacques, 18, was accused of carrying in his book bag had been reported stolen. 

Authorities were asking anyone with information about students armed in school to call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

 

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$49M judgment levied against teacher for having sex with student

A former South Dade Senior High School student has won a $49.3 million judgment against a geometry teacher who pleaded guilty to having sex with her when she was 16, and for sending her lewd texts.

The Miami Herald reported that a Miami-Dade civil court jury decided the damages against Bresnniel Jansen Mones, 35, on Tuesday in a lawsuit filed in 2014 that accused the Miami-Dade County School Board of neglect in failing to protect the student from a teacher with a known history of improper behavior.

The school board had already settled with the now 20-year-old woman.

A release from the plaintiff’s lawyers, John Leighton and Max Panoff, said the discovery phase revealed the teacher had attempted to groom another student.

Mones was released in June after serving six months in prison.

 

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Sorority sisters end up in court over service dog

One sorority sister uses a service dog to control her panic attacks. Another suffers from dog allergies that exacerbate other medical conditions. Both live in the Chi Omega sorority house at The Ohio State University.

Now a judge has to decide who gets to stay and who has to go.

“The panic attacks restrict her breathing”

Madeleine Entine, a sophomore, sued the school’s ADA coordinator for forcing her and her service dog to move. She says the school violated the Americans with Disability Act and the Fair Housing Act in making its decision.

Entine says she suffers from panic attacks, ones so severe they interfere with her daily activities.

“The panic attacks restrict her breathing ability and cause her to hyperventilate. They also cause her muscles to lock up and prevent her from walking on her own,” court documents said.

So Entine gets relief from Cory, a service dog. Cory is trained to climb on her stomach and apply pressure. That helps bring her relief so she can restore her ability to breathe and move, court documents say. He also helps her have less frequent attacks.

“The two individuals are at odds”

At the start of the school year, Entine and Cory moved into the Chi Omega house. Just a few weeks later, another sister in the house began complaining about Cory, saying she was allergic to dogs.

Freshman and sophomore students are required to live either on-campus or in Greek housing. Since she’s the Chi Omega chapter vice president, she lives in her sorority house.

Court documents say Cory exacerbates the other sister’s “allergies and asthma, which, in turn, causes a flare-up of Housemate’s Crohn’s disease.” According to court filings, the dog is regularly played with by others throughout the house.

The lawsuit does not name the other sorority sister.

The situation made its way to the university’s Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator, Scott Lissner, to intervene. Lissner determined that, “…over time, continued exposure to dog dander would ultimately be untenable and unsafe for Housemate.”

Because of this conundrum, Lissner based his course of action on who signed the lease first: in this case, the sister with the allergy. OSU says they’ve used this same parameter in other cases.

So Entine was forced to decide: either move out of the sorority house or stay in it without Cory.

“Physical parameters” would allow separation

Entine claimed that the proposed solutions violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and asked if she could remain at the house, but with “physical parameters” that would allow separation between Cory and the other sorority sister, the complaint says.

In a letter to Entine’s attorney Bart Keyes, OSU said that “Due to room configuration and house mechanical systems, it was determined that restricting the dog to a certain area or assigning the students to different living locations or rooms within the house would not accommodate the disabilities of both students.”

OSU said it provided Entine an “offer of assistance from the University to make alternative housing arrangements, which she declined.”

Ultimately, the university stood by Lissner’s assessment, and Entine was given two weeks to make a decision.

Allergies “are not valid reasons for denying access”

In the federal suit filed by Entine, she maintains that this is a clear violation of the ADA, and quotes the federal regulations.

“Allergies and fear of dogs are not valid reasons for denying access or refusing service to people using service animals.”

But Ohio State says the situation is difficult to manage.

The “case is not about whether plaintiff can have her assistance animal as a reasonable accommodation. She can. Instead, this is about how OSU, specifically Lissner, must accommodate two students with disabilities whose accommodations are in conflict.”

Entine’s lawsuit claims Lissner violated the ADA, the Fair Housing Act and other Ohio codes.

U.S. District Judge Algenon L. Marbley heard the case and is currently weighing his decision.

CNN reached out to OSU, but officials said the university does “not comment on pending litigation.”

Calls to the Chi Omega sorority have not been returned.

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