Parents of Stoneman Douglas shooting victims running for Broward School board

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Lori Alhadeff, mother of 14-year-old freshman Alyssa Alhadeff, and Ryan Petty, father of 14-year-old freshman Alaina Petty, announced during a press conference on Tuesday that they have filed the official paperwork to become school board candidates.

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 is running for a seat in Broward County School District 4, while Petty is running in Broward County School District 8.

"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.

They're now supporting each other's candidacy and are forming a political action committee called Broward Parents for Better and Safer Schools to raise money.

Petty and Alhadeff said the school district failed to properly respond to warning signs that Cruz was a troubled student with risky tendencies.

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

"I think the district should be transparent with the information", Alhadeff said. "I'm still not satisfied with the answers to the questions I asked back then". "I'm doing this because I don't want another parent to go through the pain and anguish that I have to go through every day".

Alhadeff will be going up against Abby Freedman, and Petty will be going up against Donna Korn.

Alhadeff is a former classroom teacher in New Jersey and has a master's degree in education. 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. "I had no idea the impact school board has on children and safety", Petty said.

But she and Petty do not favor firing Runcie. Initially formed to address concerns with school security, the group started focusing on replacing School Board members after feeling the district wasn't responsive to their concerns, said John Daly Sr., who runs the group's Facebook page.

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