Zachary Cruz is on six months' probation for trespassing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where his brother is accused of fatally shooting 17 people February 14. "I do not want any child to ever have to say to their mom, 'Mommy, am I gonna die today when I go to school?' That is why I'm running for school board". "The laws that we passed in Florida have been used over 130 times to keep firearms away from those who would hurt themselves and others", said Petty, "That's why I'm filing to run for school board".
The parents of two Parkland shooting victims are taking their fight to the school district board in an attempt to see that changes are effectively implemented.
The parents said they also want to work toward more transparency and accountability in the district; Petty mentioned the "confusing matrix of discipline programs" that allowed the suspected school shooter to fall through the cracks despite warning signs of what was to come. "If they don't feel safe, it's really hard to learn".More news: Donald Trump Condemns 'Sickness and Hatred' Behind Paris Terror Attack
"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.
Petty has been working with other Parkland parents and lobbied to state lawmakers to pass the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, a bill that would implement several statewide gun control measures including raising the purchasing age limit to 21. "And the only way I'm going to do that is if I get on the school board to make those decisions and make those changes".More news: Karnataka verdict: P2M - This is what is left of Congress in India
Petty is running for Seat 8 on the school board, or an At-Large seat; Alhadeff is running to represent District 4 on the board. Alhadeff agreed, saying, "He's a good person".
Petty said he hopes to honor his daughter by improving the Broward school system.
Both parents are now part of the Broward Parents for Better and Safer Schools, a new political committee.More news: Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018: NCP, Shiv Sena doubt EVMs, demand ballot papers