Parents of Parkland school shooting victims to run for school board

Broward County deputy who failed to act begins receiving huge pension — and people are not happy

Two parents whose daughters were killed in the February school shooting in Parkland, Fla., are running for two seats on the county school board.

"If I don't stand up and let other parents understand the risks and threats that are in our schools, I miss an opportunity to honor the memory of my daughter and the memory of the other victims", Petty said.

"On Feb 14., when Alyssa was brutally murdered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, I didn't want any parent to go through the anguish I went thorough or for any child to say, 'Mommy, am I going to die at school today?'" Alhadeff said. "I'm running to ensure what happened to my family and Lori's family doesn't happen to anyone else".

They're also calling for transparency and accountability. They have public relations representatives who organized a press conference Tuesday that drew about 50 members of the local and national media.

Ryan Petty, a telecom and technology entrepreneur, said he wants to help restore the Broward County School Board to its proper function as an oversight body for the administration, saying he thinks that has been lost. Unfortunately, the district appears to have inflated the program's results and "exaggerated" its effects, Politico reports.

"We've gone from the complete extreme of over-disciplining kids to not disciplining kids, which is what we have now", Alhadeff said. After more than two months of denial, Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie announced at the beginning of May that confessed-shooter Nikolas Cruz was assigned to the rehabilitation program back in 2013 for vandalism. "Otherwise, are they hiding something?" "When I am elected on the school board I will ask him the tough questions and I will work with him". The incumbent, Abby Freedman, has not filed to run for re-election. Alhadeff is running for a seat based in Parkland, while Petty is running for a county-wide seat.

Alhadeff is a former teacher with a master's degree in education. The mission of her foundation is to make schools across the country safe for all students and faculty so that similar tragedies will be prevented in the future. "I want to do everything possible to make this school system a model that other districts will look and try to replicate".

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