Tuesday marks the sixth month anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 students and faculty members lost their lives.
In the months since the shooting, information has come out to show how failures within law enforcement, at the both federal and local levels, as well as within the school system allowed the shooter to fall through the cracks.
As a result, families and friends of the victims are trying to fix those failures by running in the upcoming Broward County School Board election. Specifically, Ryan Petty, who lost his daughter, Alaina, in February, has announced his plans to run in the election.
Family-friend and prominent activist, Kyle Kashuv, wants to make sure Petty wins against incumbent, Donna Korn. Utilizing his large platform, Kashuv made a video ad in support of Petty:
— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) August 12, 2018
Ryan Petty and the other parents of the victims from Stoneman Douglas have done an admirable and inspiring job standing up against the terrible leadership in Broward County. Please look in to their efforts. https://t.co/hh1tY9ZZof
— Cameron Kasky (@cameron_kasky) August 12, 2018
Korn caused a bit of controversy when she said how the past school year had been “amazing.”
“Donna Korn saying this was ‘an amazing school year’ is something that we should all take serious note to,” Kashuv told The Western Journal. “She’s currently part of the school board that was complicit in what happened to my school, had shielded corrupt Runcie, and has been involved in a massive cover up.”
WLRN reports Korn said in a statement how the soundbite was taken out of context.
“I was congratulating our leaders who work extremely hard to educate our children,” the statement reads.
It’s not just Korn that some shooting survivors and their families want ousted. They also want Broward County Public Schools Superintendent, Robert Runcie, to resign.
This is in contrast to some southern Florida lawmakers showing support for Runcie:
What a cowardice move it is to defend Incompetent Runcie on the 6 month mark of the tragedy! Everyone who participated in this conference should live in shame knowing they are being complicit in utter evil!
— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) August 14, 2018
“Today is a day we remember those who we lost, console those who lost loved ones, and get ready for the school year, which starts tomorrow, where we are STILL left as sitting ducks,” Kashuv told IJR. “You know who is the one who is forcing us to be sitting ducks? Runcie. You know who didn’t spend the bond money designated for school safety prior to the massacre? Runcie.”
“Anyone who has half a brain would realize defending Runcie today is utterly disrespectful and I condemn it in the strongest possible terms and call on my classmates to do the same,” he added.
Kashuv said he does not always agree with the students who started the pro-gun control group, March for Our Lives, but he knows they want to fix the problem of gun violence, which provoked a heated response from Hunter Pollack, who lost his sister, Meadow, in the shooting:
I call BS! If they truly wanted to fix it he’d be fighting beside us with this school board race. Broken promises. Can’t even endorse Loria or Ryan who are making the true sacrifice and are Parkland Heroes!
— Hunter Pollack (@PollackHunter) August 14, 2018
Lori Alhadeff, who lost her daughter, Alyssa, is running for Broward County School Board District 4.
“I want to ensure schools provide safety and a quality education, and there is transparency and accountability,” Alhadeff told the Sun Sentinel.