Parents of Parkland shooting victims run for school board

Parents of Parkland shooting victims run for school board

Lori Alhadeff and Ryan Petty announced Tuesday that they are running because of the massacre, in which 17 students and staff members were killed.

Two parents whose daughters were killed in the February school shooting in Parkland, Fla., are running for two seats on the county school board.

Alhadeff will run for District 4, which includes Parkland.

"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.

Both campaigns are linked to Broward Parents for Better and Safer Schools, a political action committee led by Democratic consultants that was set up after the shooting.

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

"We just need to fix the execution and implementation problems that plague the district", Petty said. "I have to question that".

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

"On February 14th when Alyssa was brutally murdered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school I did not want any other parent to go through the pain and anguish I go thru every day", Alhadeff said. 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.

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 sixth largest in the nation and the second largest in Florida.

"If I get elected to the school board, I can be part of making sure the law gets implemented", Petty told Politico.

Campaign officials for Alhadeff and Petty say that while the two are supporting each other's candidacy, they're not involved in other School Board races.