More than 100 students Baker Acted since August in Bay District Schools

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Since the start of the school year on August 12th, Bay District Schools officials say the number of students with mental health issues has gone up.

More than 100 students have been Baker Acted since August according to officials. (WJHG/WECP)

They also say help does not seem to be on the way.

Superintendent of Bay District Schools Bill Husfelt tweeted out Tuesday that 97 students have been Baker Acted since August and, on Wednesday, that number went up to 101.

Husfelt says Bay District Schools is in dire need of mental health resources and counseling but lacks the funding and the manpower to provide the help needed.

He says the district received very little to no funding towards mental health resources and now, 13 months after Hurricane Michael, district officials say it's more important than ever to get some sort of relief.

Husfelt said, "We're asking for the federal government, the FEMA disaster money to be released so that we can do some things to help hire more counselors. We have got to do something before this terrible tragedy we're dealing with becomes a serious nightmare."

He went on to say that Baker Acting a student is typically the last resort.

"So in order for a student to get Baker Acted, there's a lot of things that had to happen before then. But that just means there's a thousand kids out there that are in crisis that we aren't Baker Acting that need serious counseling."

Bay District Schools is averaging just under two students a day who are Baker Acted.

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