Parents of Parkland shooting victims run for school board

Clay Curtis
May 16, 2018

The Broward County School District is the country's sixth largest school district and the second-largest in Florida behind Miami-Dade County.

Parents of two students killed in the Parkland school shooting are announcing Tuesday that they are running for Broward School Board. Alyssa Alhadeff's mother, Lori, and Alaina Petty's father, Ryan, filed papers to run at the Broward County Elections Office on Tuesday. Broward County school officials revealed last week that Cruz had been referred to, but did not fully participate in the program when he was in middle school.

That includes questions about the district's controversial discipline program, PROMISE. As such, many believe that the tragedy could have been prevented if the program actually worked.

"I think the district should be transparent with the information", Alhadeff said.

"I don't want Alyssa's life to be in vain".

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"On February 14th when Alyssa was brutally murdered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school I did not want any other parent to go through the pain and anguish I go thru every day", Alhadeff said.

"I don't want any child to have to say to their mom, 'Mommy, am I going to die today if I go to school?' It is my job". She traveled to IN recently with some Parkland parents and school officials to visit a campus dubbed the "safest school IN America" to get ideas on how to improve school security.

"It's become pretty clear the district's policies are confusing and are applied haphazardly, and that means we have kids falling through the cracks, and that poses a threat to our students and teachers", Petty said. "He's implemented a lot of changes", Alhadeff said.

"I'm running so I can represent parents all over the district who deserve to have their children come home to them", said Petty, who lost his daughter, Alaina, 14, in the shooting.

"Prior to Valentine's Day, I didn't understand impact school board has on our schools ..." "This isn't about replacing the superintendent", Petty said about his candidacy. "I felt an obligation to work on this legislation to honor my daughter and make sure this never happens again". Alhadeff agreed, saying, "He's a good person". While they say they do not have all the answers, they know that nothing will change unless they try.

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