Lois K. Solomon

Lois K. Solomon Contact Reporter South Florida Sun Sentinel

The parents of students killed in the Parkland massacre are planning a news conference today, where they’ll call for changes in the school system, naming the school board’s “poor performance” as a specific target.

“The Broward County School Board has failed to properly secure the county’s 234 schools for the upcoming school year,” according to a statement from Stand With Parkland, the National Association of Families for Safe Schools. “Their lack of leadership and constant reversal of policy positions has put our students and teachers at risk for the beginning of school next week.”

The shooting on Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School killed 17 students and staff.

In a Facebook post on Saturday, Max Schachter, parent of slain student Alex, criticized the board for several recent reversals of plans to bolster school security, including approving and then scrapping efforts to install metal detectors and hire a retired Secret Service agent to review the actions of administrators.

“These are just a few examples of their incompetent leadership. CHANGE IS NEEDED! Who agrees with me?” he wrote.

Thursday’s news conference will take place at the BB&T Center, where the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission is meeting to investigate the shootings and come up with proposals for improving school safety.

The commission is composed of law enforcement officers, public officials and parents of children killed in the attack.

Two of the parents, Lori Alhadeff and Ryan Petty, are running for School Board. A third, April Schentrup, was appointed by Runcie to become director of school safety and security.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.