Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Parents of 2 Parkland Victims Running for School Board

Parents of 2 Parkland Victims Running for School Board

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.

Two parents of students shot and killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida are running together for two seats on the Broward County School Board, Politico is reporting.

"I want to do everything possible to make this school system a model that other districts will look and try to replicate", Alhadeff said. Petty said he wants to "represent parents all over the district who deserve to have their children come home to them every afternoon". Both parents lost their daughters, Alyssa Alhadeff and Alaina Petty in the February 14 shooting.

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U.S. President Donald Trump also called Peterson a coward.

"The PROMISE program needs to be revamped", Alhadeff said Tuesday.

"I want to ensure schools provide safety and a quality education, and there is transparency and accountability", Alhadeff told the Sun Sentinel. "I'm still not satisfied with the answers to the questions I asked back then". The incumbent, Abby Freedman, has not filed to run for re-election. She traveled to IN recently with some Parkland parents and school officials to visit a campus dubbed the "safest school IN America" to get ideas on how to improve school security.

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"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.

Petty, 48, whose daughter Alaina was killed, plans to challenge incumbent Donna Korn, 46, for the at-large county seat.

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

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But she and Petty do not favor firing Runcie. In addition to running for the school board, she and Petty said they would also continue to advocate for gun control, the Miami Herald reports.

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