Parents of Parkland shooting victims announce run for School Board seats
"I didn’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?'" said Lori Alhadeff.
Ryan Petty, center, father of Alaina Petty, reads a prepared statement on March 5, 2018, surrounded by other parents of the victims of the fatal Valentine's Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida.Jose A. Iglesias / Miami Herald via AP
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Lori Alhadeff, mother of 14-year-old freshman Alyssa Alhadeff, and Ryan Petty, father of 14-year-old freshman Alaina Petty, announced during a press conference on Tuesday that they have filed the official paperwork to become school board candidates.
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"On Feb 14., when Alyssa was brutally murdered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, I didn’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?'" Alhadeff said.
“I think Superintendent Runice is a good person. He’s implemented a lot of changes,” Alhadeff said. “When I am elected on the school board I will ask him the tough questions and I will work with him.”
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.
“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. “So that’s where I’d like to start.”
Broward County Public School primary elections will be held on Aug. 28, and the general election is Nov. 6.