The parents of Parkland school shooting victims Alyssa Alhadeff and Alaina Petty will announce Tuesday that they are running together for spots on the Broward County School Board, multiple news outlets reported.
Lori Alhadeff and Ryan Petty both filed as candidates for the school board in districts 4 and 8. 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 and Petty said that if elected, they would work with the current Superintendent Robert Runcie to focus on the board's transparency and accountability.
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. Alhadeff also said discipline systems at the district need to be "revamped" because they have "gone from the complete extremes-from over-disciplining kids to not disciplining kids, which we have now".
"I'm running so I can represent parents all over the district who deserve to have their children come home to them", said Petty, who lost his daughter, Alaina, 14, in the shooting. "I want to do everything possible to make this school system a model that other districts will look and try to replicate".
Lori Alhadeff lost her 14-year-old daughter, Alyssa in the mass shooting at the school.
Petty works in the telecom industry and was appointed to a state commission investigating the Stoneman Douglas tragedy. But working for change takes more than just a concept, he said.
"Prior to Valentine's Day, I didn't understand impact school board has on our schools ..."
But she and Petty do not favor firing Runcie.
Alhadeff and Petty are being endorsed by a group of Parkland parents called Concerned Citizens of Broward County.
The Broward County school district is the sixth largest in the nation and the second largest in Florida.
The group is also supporting former Stoneman Douglas teacher Richard Mendelson against incumbent Laurie Rich Levinson for the District 6 seat, which includes Weston, Cooper City and Davie.