Limit setting. I’m a fan.
The Monroe County School District? Meh, not so much. You can find the whole sordid tale here and here. Bottom line is that wee-bubba, Isaac Archer, who committed a serious violent crime against a fellow student, had already gotten lenient treatment when he put his graspy little hands out for more. The school district backed him all the way.
From the Blue Paper:
Despite the severity of his attack on a fellow student, Isaac Archer had already received an unusual “pass” and been allowed to remain free and continue to attend school so that he could graduate with his class. The Monroe County School District has a “zero tolerance” policy in place for gun-related offenses on school grounds or at school functions.
Archer, who is the son of Key West High School teacher, Raymond Archer, Jr. and Lisette Cuervo Carey (the assistant to Key West Mayor Craig Cates) was not allowed to participate in extra-curricular activities – including football where he was formerly a starting varsity offensive lineman. As part of his sentencing, Archer was required to turn himself him in on June 8 (after his graduation date) to begin his 364-day incarceration.
Ooohhh! Not allowed to participate in extracurricular activities? That might be a reasonable punishment for skipping class but not for committing a violent felony. This kid should’ve been in prison – not in school. Same as his accomplices.
D’Monte Davis’ arrest in February was a violation of the terms of his probation for an earlier (December 15, 2016) arrest for burglary. Davis was denied bail, and remained behind bars. While incarcerated, he graduated high school in June 2017 and received his diploma at the Stock Island detention center. Davis has served his time and has since been released.
Deon Bacon posted the $75,000 bond, was sentenced on January 4, 2018, and is currently in the Monroe County Detention Center. He chose not to continue his education.
Look, we all know the school district is a filthy-dirty, bubba-infested swamp. But it’s only one of many in the Keys. Archer learned early in life that if your family knows the right people, you can get away with just about anything. Soft landings abound for sleazy bubbas. Archer knows it. His parents know it. The school district certainly knows it. Everybody knows it. I’m sure young Archer is already dreaming of the day he will become the Assistant City Manager of Key West or land a sweet gig at the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority (FKAA).
Archer’s crime happened to be so egregious that even the weak-kneed bobble heads at the State Attorneys Office (SAO) felt compelled to criticize the school district for supporting Archer’s request. The SAO is being praised for that, and rightly so, but it’s worth remembering that the SAO can be counted on to look the other way when it suits them. They are part of the bubba system, too. The bubba system couldn’t function without the SAO’s ongoing support and protection.
If the SAO refuses to investigate suspicious circumstances, as they did with the Marathon animal shelter contract, they aid and abet those who would defraud the public. Violent crimes aren’t the only crimes that hurt the community. It’s time for the SAO to get serious about public corruption crimes, rather than behaving like Shady Bob’s lackeys. It’s almost certain that Archer will be gifted with a cushy local government job as soon as he completes his sentence. From there he will be able to channel his criminal impulses toward fleecing the taxpayers. You won’t hear a word from the SAO then.