Offbeat Parents of Florida school shooting victims to run for office

09:00  16 may  2018
09:00  16 may  2018 Source:   cbsnews.com

Dispute between two students leaves 1 shot at Palmdale high school

  Dispute between two students leaves 1 shot at Palmdale high school  A dispute between two students led to a shooting that sparked panic and drew a massive law enforcement response to a Palmdale high school early Friday morning.  Deputies responded to reports of a person with a gun on the campus of Highland High School around 7:05 a.m. Friday, after a 14-year-old student allegedly shot another student in the arm, authorities said.

Figueroa’s office is only five minutes from the school where he sends his 16-year-old daughter. "We're just going to run for our lives," student who was in the school in Parkland, Florida describes the reaction to the active shooting incident These are the victims of the Florida school shooting .

ABOVE: Multiple vigils were held Thursday to remember the victims in the Florida school shooting . He ran to the third floor, where according to a timeline released by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office , three minutes passed before he dropped the rifle and backpack, ran back down the

a group of people posing for a photo: Florida school shooting victims identified by authorities © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Florida school shooting victims identified by authorities

MIAMI -- The parents of two girls killed in the Parkland school shooting announced Tuesday they are running for Broward County School Board, CBS Miami reports. Alyssa Alhadeff's mother, Lori, and Alaina Petty's father, Ryan, filed papers to run at the Broward County Elections Office on Tuesday. 

Alhadeff is running for District 4 and Petty filed for candidacy for the at-large seat, District 8.

Alyssa and Alaina were both killed in the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Fifteen students and two teachers were killed when gunman Nikolas Cruz opened fire at the school. Since then, some survivors of the shooting have become advocates for gun control, and organized a national rally called the "March for Our Lives" a month after the shooting.

Parents of slain Parkland students are running for county school board

  Parents of slain Parkland students are running for county school board Two Parkland, Florida, parents announced their candidacies Tuesday for the Broward County School Board, 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. These are the victims of the massacre Alhadeff, 43, in announcing her bid for the District 4 seat held by Abby Freeman, said that until three months ago she had never imagined herself as a politician or an activist.

— Two days after a teenage gunman killed 17 people at a Florida high school , mourners packed the Star of David chapel Friday as parents of the victims began the grim ritual of burying their Students run with their hands in the air following a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School .

Parents of Parkland, Florida School Shooting Victim Talk to Jorge Ramos in Deeply Moving Interview. The parents of Joaquin Oliver, the 17-year old Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student who died in the school ’s mass shooting Feb.

Both parents say they plan to continue fighting for school safety, increased transparency and increased accountability. Each was spurred to run because of the tragedy.

"On February 14th when Alyssa was brutally murdered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school I did not want any other parent to go through the pain and anguish I go thru every day," Alhadeff said. "I did not want any child to ever have to say to their mother, mommy, am I going to die today when I go to school?" she added.

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"Like many other families, we will dedicate ourselves to change the system that would allow somebody like Nikolas Cruz to fall through the cracks," Petty said.

Both candidates plan to center their races around school safety and both say their work on changing gun laws in Florida is a start. "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."

They're also calling for transparency and accountability. "I asked our elected leaders several pointed questions at the CNN town hall the week after my daughter was murdered," recalled Alhadeff. "I'm still not satisfied with the answers to the questions I asked back then."

Both candidates will likely face incumbents in the race.

The Latest: Adult and child hurt in Indiana school shooting .
An official says an adult and a child were injured in a shooting at an Indiana middle school and were taken to hospitals in Indianapolis. Indiana University Health spokeswoman Danielle Sirilla said the adult victim in Friday morning's attack at Noblesville West Middle School northeast of Indianapolis was taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital and the child was taken to Riley Hospital for Children. She had no information on their ages or the seriousness of their injuries.Authorities say the suspect is believed to have acted alone and was taken into custody.

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