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Failure Factories, Part Two: Pinellas schools' lessons in fear

In Pinellas County's most segregated elementary schools, rates of violence and disruption have soared in the past five years — all while district leaders stood by and let it happen, a Tampa Bay Times investigation has found.

Last year there were more violent incidents in the five schools — Campbell Park, Fairmount Park, Lakewood, Maximo and Melrose — than in all 17 of the county's high schools combined.

At Campbell Park, a second-grader threatened to kill and rape two girls while brandishing a kitchen knife he carried to school in his backpack.

At Fairmount Park, a 9-year-old hit a pair of kindergartners in the head with a souvenir baseball bat.

At Maximo, a group of kindergartners pinned a classmate down on the playground, pulled off her pants and fondled her.

Click here to read more about the Times' unprecedented look at violence in Pinellas schools.