Laura Carroll Wiki – Laura Carroll Bio
Laura Carroll is the Florida assistant principal accused of rigging the Homecoming election at her daughter’s high school to ensure the teen would be crowned queen. The case triggered a criminal investigation because the activities involved unauthorized access of student information.
Carroll, who works at Bellview Elementary in the Escambia County School District, accessed hundreds of online student accounts using her district-level credentials, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
She is 50 years old.
Accused of Rigging
The investigation within the Escambia School District began in November 2020. According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, school officials noticed that hundreds of student online accounts had been accessed without the proper authorization. The program, called FOCUS, is the district’s information system containing student data.
Investigators discovered irregularities related to Tate High School’s Homecoming court election, which took place in October 2020.
Hundreds of votes were “flagged as fraudulent, with 117 votes originating from the same IP address within a short period of time.
” The evidence led to Carroll’s cell phone and “computers associated with” her home address, “with a total of 246 votes cast for the Homecoming Court.”
Carroll was arrested on March 15 and faces felony charges. Her 17-year-old daughter was also arrested and detained at the Escambia Regional Juvenile Detention Center, officials said.
District superintendent Dr. Timothy Smith confirmed to Heavy via email that Carroll is “currently suspended from work.” He said he was “not able to add any additional information about the case as the State of Florida is still working on the matter.”
Carroll and her teenage daughter are accused of working together to rig the Homecoming election. The teenager is facing the same charges as her mother, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Agents also had witness statements to support the computer evidence. Officials explained in the news release that “multiple students” told investigators that Carroll’s daughter had been talking about the scheme. The teenager had told people she used her mother’s FOCUS account to submit votes for the homecoming court.
According to WKRG-TV, the teen was named the winner and crowned queen.
Laura Carroll Suspended From Job
Carroll has been suspended from her job, superintendent Dr. Timothy Smith confirmed to Heavy. He did not specify whether that action had been taken before or after Carroll’s arrest on March 15.
He also told WEAR-TV, “The district isn’t able to divulge any additional information outside of what FDLE shared because of the nature of the investigation.”
Carroll and her daughter are both facing multiple charges, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement:
Offenses against users of computers, computer systems, computer networks, and electronic devices (3rd-degree felony)
Unlawful use of a two-way communications device (3rd-degree felony)
Criminal use of personally identifiable information (3rd-degree felony)
Conspiracy (1st-degree misdemeanor)
Escambia County inmate records show Carroll was briefly booked on March 15 but was released less than an hour later. Her next court hearing was scheduled for April 8. Her daughter was detained at a juvenile detention center. Those records are not publicly available.