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Parents of Parkland Victims Run for School Board

Parents of Parkland Victims Run for School Board

Lori Alhadeff and Ryan Petty, whose daughters Alyssa Alhadeff and Alaina Petty were two of the 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, are running to bring "accountability and transparency" to the board, they told Politico.

Instead, the parents were somber as they spoke of their sense of duty to make schools safer almost three months after a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School left their children dead.

Alhadeff already announced last month that she would be running for a spot on the school board, but this will be Petty's first time confirming the news.

Petty will run for District 8, an at-large seat. Both parents lost their daughters, Alyssa Alhadeff and Alaina Petty in the February 14 shooting.

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". "I'm still not satisfied with the answers to the questions I asked back then".




"I'm doing this because I don't want another parent to go through the pain and anguish that I have to go through every day", she said.

Alhadeff, 43, whose daughter Alyssa was killed, is expected to run for the District 4 seat, which Abby Freedman, 51, now occupies.

"If I don't get in there and change it, it's unlikely to change", Petty said.

Alhadeff is a former classroom teacher with a master's degree in education.

Korn, who filed for re-election months ago, said her "heart is heavy" and her condolences go out to the Petties and all the families who affected by the tragedy.

The Broward County School District is the country's sixth largest school district and the second-largest in Florida behind Miami-Dade County.


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