Parents of Students Killed in Parkland Shooting Will Run for School Board

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The parents of Parkland school shooting victims Alyssa Alhadeff and Alaina Petty will announce Tuesday that they are running together for spots on the Broward County School Board, multiple news outlets reported.

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.

The attorney for the brother of Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz says a sheriff's official should be held in contempt of court for an issue involving an electronic monitoring device. "The laws that we passed in Florida have been used over 130 times to keep firearms away from those who would hurt themselves and others", said Petty, "That's why I'm filing to run for school board".

Alhadeff also lost her daughter, Alyssa Alhadeff, 14, in the shooting.

"Prior to Valentine's Day, I didn't understand impact school board has on our schools ..." Until the shooting, he was considered a trusted school resource officer at Stoneman Douglas, according to annual reviews of his performance.

"Like many other families, we will dedicate ourselves to change the system that would allow somebody like Nikolas Cruz to fall through the cracks", Petty said.

When discussing Cruz's participation in the PROMISE program, Alhadeff made it clear that the school district was not being transparent.

But she and Petty do not favor firing Runcie.

In order to bring an end to this culture of inefficiency and carelessness, Petty and Alhadeff chose to go one step further with their activism and take part in the decisions that could change the district for good.

But Petty and Alhadeff are pushing a new vision for the school district - one that would prevent the type of tragedy they've endured. "Like numerous families, we dedicated ourselves to change a system that would allow somebody like Nikolas Cruz to fall through the cracks".

Alhadeff is running for District 4 and Petty filed for candidacy for the at-large seat, District 8. To see more, visit WLRN 91.3 FM.

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