Friday, 15 February, 2019

Parents Of Stoneman Douglas Victims Announce Run For Broward County School Board

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Melinda Barton | 16 May, 2018, 15:37

Instead, the parents were somber as they spoke of their sense of duty to make schools safer almost three months after a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School left their children dead. Freedman said last month she plans to run for re-election in the district that includes the Parkland high school, but she has yet to file with the Supervisor of Elections. 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.

Petty said he and Alhadeff helped pass state laws strengthening gun control in the months after the shooting, but said "there's a lot more to do". The program has been scrutinized since the school shooting.

"The only thing I understood is the reason for the PROMISE program was to give kids second chances and also to help fight the 'school to prison pipeline.' But besides that, they were not very clear in explaining how the PROMISE program worked", she said.

Lori Alhadeff lost her 14-year-old daughter, Alyssa in the mass shooting at the school.

"Every parent in Broward County deserves to have their child come home to them safely", Petty told the Sun Sentinel in an interview Tuesday.

Alhadeff is a former teacher with a master's degree in education.

"For me, this happened to my daughter at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, and I feel where I can make immediate changes would be on the school board", Alhadeff said.

Petty is a telecom, media and technology entrepreneur who previously served as vice president of product development and innovation at ADT. Incumbent Donna Korn has filed for reelection and has raised about $8,200.

The parents of two Parkland shooting victims are taking their fight to the school district board in an attempt to see that changes are effectively implemented.

Jim Silvernale, a union representative for district maintenance workers, has also received the group's endorsement.

School Board member Nora Rupert, a longtime critic of Superintendent Robert Runcie, is the only incumbent the group plans to support.

Campaign officials for Alhadeff and Petty say that while the two are supporting each other's candidacy, they're not involved in other School Board races.