Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) suspended four individuals from Broward County’s School Board following a thorough investigation into the Stoneman Douglas Shooting over four years prior.
Members of the board, Patricia Good, Donna Korn, Ann Murray, and Laurie Rich Levinson, were suspended and replaced by new appointees due to “incompetence, neglect of duty, and misuse of authority,” according to the Twentieth Statewide Grand Jury.
In search of answers, the Grand Jury investigation found many things that could have helped to prevent the shooting from occurring, including an emergency alarm that was supposed to be installed. The findings show that the alarm “was and is such a low priority that it remains uninstalled at multiple schools.”
The report also found that “students continue to be educated in unsafe, aging, decrepit, moldy buildings that were supposed to have been renovated years ago.” While not directly related to the tragic shooting, it certainly points to a habit of neglect.
“It is my duty to suspend people from office when there is clear evidence of incompetence, neglect of duty, misfeasance or malfeasance. The findings of the Statewide Grand Jury affirm the work of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas School Safety Commission.” DeSantis explained.
“We are grateful to the members of the jury who have dedicated countless hours to this mission, and we hope this suspension brings the Parkland community another step towards justice. This action is in the best interest of the residents and students of Broward County and all citizens of Florida,” he continued.
In place of the four removed members, DeSantis has appointed Torey Alston, Manual “Nandy” A. Serrano, U.S Marine Corps Veteran Ryan Reiter, and Attorney Kevin Tynan to serve on the Broward County School Board.
This move by DeSantis is timely, considering the jury is currently trying to decide the fate of Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz. Cruz pleaded guilty to 17 counts of murder and is now waiting to be sentenced to either death or life without parole, according to a local news station, News 4Jax.
While a tragedy like this will never be made right, it’s good to see those who were negligent held accountable. Hopefully, the new school board members will put student safety first to ensure something like this is never able to occur again.
You Can Follow Megan On Twitter Here