This is not a political message. Just like I am color blind, I am also apolitical. I don't care if you are a Democrat, a Republican or an Independent, politics are irrelevant when it comes to school safety AND when it comes to accountability for the Feb. 2018 Parkland massacre.
Because I am color blind, I don't see that School Board leader Runcie is black, just like I don't see that Sheriff Israel is white. I don't care if they both are purple or blue. I hold them both equally accountable for that fateful day when we lost 17 precious people at MSD and many others were injured. I also hold ALL of the current School Board members accountable for this tragedy. Anyone and everyone who could have prevented this tragedy failed. That has become pretty obvious pretty quickly.
But to make matters worse, Broward schools start again this week and I don't think they are any safer now than they were on February 13, 2018. In fact, I think they are more dangerous now because it has become crystal clear that there are no security systems (or people) in place that adequately protect our students or teachers STILL.
Israel and Runcie are cut from the same cloth. They are brothers from another mother. They both make political decisions to protect themselves and their cronies that adversely impact the very people they are charged with the responsibility of protecting. Runcie and Israel cut deals to "pay back" their supporters with lucrative positions in their organizations and the award of pricey contracts to outside "consultants" who are people who will gladly do their dirty work for them. Both of these men are incompetent, corrupt, unethical and useless. They both need to be fired and then charged with neglect of duty and public corruption. They reaped the rewards of living on the public payroll while not performing their responsibilities and now it is time for them to pay for that. They both should be sitting in a cell beside Nikolas Cruz. They created him.
Then let's talk about the poor Broward teachers. Represented by BTU (which really stands for Bully, Threaten and Undermine not Broward Teacher's Union), the teachers have received no support from BTU. They have been threatened if they speak out about the atrocities of the School District and School administrators. The teachers at MSD received no help, counseling or assistance with coping with the MSD shooting. That is just wrong. But no one at the School District cares. Everyone in executive administration at BTU should also be held accountable and fired. You can't represent the interest of the teachers in Broward County when you silence them, prohibit any teachers from receiving the help they desperately need, and bully anyone who stands up for them.
I urge the residents of Broward County to vote against any incumbent school board member. Candidates like Richard Mendelson who actually have the experience and education to make reasoned decisions concerning school safety, safety procedures, personnel changes and a much needed cultural shift away from the priority of political considerations to the priority of hardening our schools and treating our teachers ethically and fairly need to be in office NOW.