Parents of slain Parkland teens running for school board

Parents of slain Parkland teens running for school board

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

Both Alhadeff and Petty say they want to bring more security, accountability and transparency to the school system, Politico noted.

Lori Alhadeff and Ryan Petty are holding a news conference Tuesday morning outside the Broward County Governmental Center to formally make the announcement. 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. Petty said he wants to "represent parents all over the district who deserve to have their children come home to them every afternoon".

Alhadeff said that she does not want her daughter's "life to be in vain". Alhadeff said a spot on the school board is the best way she can think of to work toward improving school safety: "I [don't] want any parent to go through the anguish I went thorough or for any child to say, 'Mommy, am I going to die at school today?'" she said, per NBC News. 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.

Alhadeff is running for a seat in Broward County School District 4, while Petty is running in Broward County School District 8.

"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.

"If I get elected to the school board, I can be part of making sure the law gets implemented. He's implemented a lot of changes", Alhadeff said. "And that was as close to an ah-ha moment as I can tell you", said Petty. The committee is being handled by Democratic consultants Eric Johnson and Sean Phillippi.

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