Two parents whose children were murdered in the school shooting massacre in Parkland, Florida, on Valentine’s Day have announced their candidacies for the Broward County, Florida, School Board.
According to CNN, they’re running on a platform that no mother or father should ever experience losing a child to a school shooter.
Lori Alhadeff’s daughter, Alyssa, and Ryan Petty’s daughter, Alaina, were among 17 people killed when a gunman went on a killing spree February 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Alhadeff, who founded the nonprofit organization Make Schools Safe, said that until three months ago she had never imagined herself as a politician or an activist:
Although I dedicated my professional life to education, I never envisioned myself as a candidate for school board or any other public office. I also never envisioned I would have a reason to become a school safety activist. I never could’ve envisioned what happened Valentine’s Day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland when my daughter, Alyssa Alhadeff, and 16 others were murdered and so many others injured.
Since the shooting, Alhadeff said her “eyes have become wide open to the major issues this school system face.”
Immediately following the shooting, Alhadeff made this impassioned plea to Donald Trump:
A mother furiously asks President Trump to “please do something” about guns. She had just made funeral arrangements for her 14-year-old daughter, who was killed in the Florida school shooting. https://t.co/Mrt0Y9124E pic.twitter.com/xn3ODAab1p
— CNN (@CNN) February 15, 2018
Petty agreed with Alhadeff, and has started his own nonprofit, The WalkUp Foundation, in honor of Alaina:
Like Lori, my world completely changed on Valentine’s Day 2018 when I lost my daughter, Alaina Petty, in the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Since that day, like many of the families, we have dedicated ourselves to change a system that would allow someone like Nikolas Cruz to fall through the cracks….
That’s why I’m filing to run for school board. So I can have a seat at the table, so I can represent parents all over the district who deserve to have their children come home to them every afternoon after school—children who deserve to have a good, quality education, deserve to feel safe and secure in their schools, so they can learn and reach their full potential.
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