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. "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 Broward County school district is the sixth largest in the nation and the second largest in Florida.
The two parents said they hope to make sure a tragedy like this doesn't happen again, and students like accused shooter Nikolas Cruz don't fall through the cracks in the school system. "Every child deserves to have a great education. If they don't feel safe, it's really hard to learn". "He's implemented a lot of changes", Alhadeff said.
"We just need to fix the execution and implementation problems that plague the district", Petty said.
"On Feb 14., when Alyssa was brutally murdered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, I didn't want any parent to go through the anguish I went thorough or for any child to say, 'Mommy, am I going to die at school today?'" Alhadeff said.
"Prior to Valentine's Day, I didn't understand impact school board has on our schools ..." Alhadeff agreed, saying, "He's a good person". While they say they do not have all the answers, they know that nothing will change unless they try. In addition to running for the school board, she and Petty said they would also continue to advocate for gun control, the Miami Herald reports.
"If I don't stand up and let other parents understand the risks and threats that are in our schools, I miss an opportunity to honor the memory of my daughter and the memory of the other victims".
Both campaigns are linked to Broward Parents for Better and Safer Schools, a political action committee led by Democratic consultants that was set up after the shooting.