Parents of Parkland victims announce run for school board seats

Ryan Petty left and Lori Alhadeff right filed to run for the Broward County School Board Tuesday morning in Fort Lauderdale

Alyssa Alhadeff and Alaina Petty, both 14, were killed in the Valentine's Day shooting at Parkland, Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

They also criticized the district for what they see as a lack of openness, including failing to respond to requests for public information and changing stories about Cruz's involvement in the controversial Promise program, which provides alternatives to arrests for certain misdemeanors.

"I do not want any other parent to go through the pain and anguish that I go through everyday", 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 duty to make sure these schools are safe", she added. "Every child deserves to have a great education".

They're now supporting each other's candidacy and are forming a political action committee called Broward Parents for Better and Safer Schools to raise money.

Alhadeff said discipline programs in the district have "gone from the complete extremes - from over-disciplining kids to not disciplining kids, which we have now".

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Petty told reporters that he liked the idea behind PROMISE because "kids could benefit from [this] program and we may be missing opportunities to actually help some of these kids". "There is no better way to ensure that the change this school system desperately needs is achieved than to have a seat at the table", she said.

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

Alhadeff and Petty said that if elected, they would work with the current Superintendent Robert Runcie to focus on the board's transparency and accountability. "I felt an obligation to work on this legislation to honor my daughter and make sure this never happens again".

"I think Superintendent Runice is a good person". While they say they do not have all the answers, they know that nothing will change unless they try.

Schools need bulletproof classroom doors with bulletproof glass, another parent, Lori Alhadeff, told Politico - a safety measure she believes would have saved her 14-year-old daughter Alyssa's life. 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.

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