Parents of Stoneman Douglas shooting victims running for Broward School board

  • Parents of Stoneman Douglas shooting victims running for Broward School board

Parents of Stoneman Douglas shooting victims running for Broward School board

Two parents of students shot and killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida are running together for two seats on the Broward County School Board, Politico is reporting. "I do not want any child to ever have to say to their mom, 'Mommy, am I gonna die today when I go to school?' That is why I'm running for school board".

Petty and Alhadeff said they chose to run for school board seats in order to have a "seat at the table" to make changes in their own communities.

The Broward County School Board represents the nation's sixth-largest school district. 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. "Every child deserves to have a great education".

When discussing Cruz's participation in the PROMISE program, Alhadeff made it clear that the school district was not being transparent. Alhadeff also said discipline systems at the district need to be "revamped" because they have "gone from the complete extremes-from over-disciplining kids to not disciplining kids, which we have now". "As a school board member, I'm going to ask the tough questions", she said.

Petty has been working with other Parkland parents and lobbied to state lawmakers to pass the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, a bill that would implement several statewide gun control measures including raising the purchasing age limit to 21.

"If I don't get in there and change it, it's unlikely to change", Petty said. "I felt an obligation to work on this legislation to honor my daughter and make sure this never happens again".

"I think Superintendent Runice is a good person". While they say they do not have all the answers, they know that nothing will change unless they try.

Alhadeff will run for District 4, which includes Parkland.