Parents of Stoneman Douglas shooting victims running for Broward School board

Cheryl Sanders
May 16, 2018

Lori Alhadeff and Ryan Petty, the parents of Alyssa Alhadeff and Alaina Petty, students who were killed in the Stoneman Douglas walked into the Broward Supervisor of Elections office early Tuesday to make the announcement.

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

The parents said they also want to work toward more transparency and accountability in the district; Petty mentioned the "confusing matrix of discipline programs" that allowed the suspected school shooter to fall through the cracks despite warning signs of what was to come.

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.

Alyssa and Alaina were both killed in the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

"We just need to fix the execution and implementation problems that plague the district", Petty said.

The group is also supporting former Stoneman Douglas teacher Richard Mendelsonagainst incumbent Laurie Rich Levinson for the District 6 seat, which includes Weston, Cooper City and Davie. "I have to question that".

Currently Seat 8 is being held by Donna Korn, and District 4's seat is being held by Abby Freedman.

"It is my duty to make sure these schools are safe", she added.

"I do not want any other parent to go through the pain and anguish that I go through everyday", Alhadeff said.

But she and Petty do not favor firing Runcie.

"Feb. 14 changed my world and opened my eyes to the impact school district policies have on the safety and security of our students", he said.

"Prior to Valentine's Day, I didn't understand impact school board has on our schools ..."

The Broward County school district is the sixth largest in the nation and the second largest in Florida.

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.

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