Officials representing the Broward County Public School District in Florida have been criticized for their apparent inaction both in the lead up to and in the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February. Seventeen people were killed in the devastating attack and the community has been searching for answers. Some parents have leveled their anger at Robert Runcie, the Broward County School District superintendent, particularly after he ended some planned safety measures, like placing metal detectors in the school.
Others have accused the Broward County school board of hiding their shortcomings ahead of the tragic attack.
Hunter Pollack, who lost his sister Meadow, has begun to vent his frustration at the Broward County teachers’ union. He was in an online exchange with a few of the members on Monday regarding a baseball coach and security monitor who had been accused of sexual harassment, when one of them, Valter Meranda, started to mock his appearance.
Hunter and Meadow’s father Andrew was not pleased.
The elections for Broward’s school board have elicited emotions all across the country – even in Washington. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) took the rare step of endorsing a Parkland father, Ryan Petty, who is running to unseat one of the board members. Hatch credited Petty with helping him enact the STOP School Violence Act, which he says will help the community better assess threats.
Hunter wondered what Meranda and the other union members think of their students, considering how they mocked his appearance.
As far as I can tell, they have yet to issue an apology.