DeSantis Suspends School Board Members After Parkland Investigation
- Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended school board members following a grand jury investigation.
- The investigation looked into a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018.
- On February 14, 2018, 14 children and 3 educators were murdered at the school.
Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended four school board members following a grand jury investigation into the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
On Friday, on the recommendation of a grand jury, DeSantis archive An executive order suspends Patricia Good, Donna Korn, Ann Murray and Laurie Rich Levinson of the Broward County School Board.
On February 14, 2018, 14 children and 3 educators were murdered at the school.
Grand jury recommends suspension for shooting-related abuse of power, incompetence, negligence, according to to Hill.
In the press release announcing the suspension, DeSantis cited parts of a jury report that found that four years after the shooting, safety-related alerts that may have saved the school’s life “have been and are Such a low priority that it’s still being offloaded at multiple schools.”
“When there is clear evidence of incompetence, negligence, malfeasance or malfeasance, it is my duty to suspend my duties,” DeSantis Say In release.
“Students continue to be educated in unsafe, aging, dilapidated, moldy buildings that were supposed to be renovated years ago,” the government statement said.
“These are inexcusable behaviors by school board members who have displayed a pattern across the district that encourages unacceptable behavior, including fraud and mismanagement,” DeSantis said.
The governor appointed four new members to the board to replace those who were suspended: Torey Alston, Manual “Nandy” Serrano, Kevin Tynan and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Ryan Reiter.
The 20th statewide grand jury was established by the Florida Supreme Court in February 2019 in response to a shooting at a high school a year earlier. The jury was asked to examine questions including whether public entities and school officials committed fraud and deception by mismanaging funds for school safety, and whether school officials violated state law by systematically underreporting incidents of criminal activity to the Department of Education .