Ron DeSantis suspends school board members for ‘incompetence, neglect of duty,’ after Parkland shooting investigation

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governor of florida Ron DeSantis suspended four members of the Broward County school board after reading a report released by a grand jury convened following the Parkland school shooting.

Emphasizing the “incompetence, negligence of their duties and abuse of authority” of the members of the board of directors DeSantis signed an executive order suspending Patricia Good, Donna Korn, Ann Murray and Laurie Rich Levinson and naming their replacements.

“It is my duty to suspend people from their jobs when there is clear evidence of incompetence, negligence, wrongdoing or wrongdoing,” DeSantis said. “The findings of the state grand jury confirm the work of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas School Safety Commission. We are grateful to the members of the jury who have devoted countless hours to this mission and we hope this suspension brings to the community of Parkland another step towards justice.. This action is in the best interest of the residents and students of Broward County and all citizens of Florida.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has suspended four school board members for incompetence, dereliction of duty and abuse of authority.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has suspended four school board members for incompetence, dereliction of duty and abuse of authority.
(The Associated Press)

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The Twentieth State Grand Jury issued several reports, but its final report, which ran to more than 130 pages, spent a great deal of time pointing out specific problems of fraud and wrong use millions of dollars of public funds.

“Our discussion around the topics of this report will become very specific,” the grand jury members wrote. “We’re going to name names, we’re going to point to specific acts on specific dates. … We’re all doing this in an effort to provide taxpayers in these school districts with a clear picture of what’s going on in their schools, who is the cause, and why.”

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis addresses the crowd at the Florida GOP Primary Party in Hialeah, Fla. (Ronn Blitzer, Fox News)

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis addresses the crowd at the Florida GOP Primary Party in Hialeah, Fla. (Ronn Blitzer, Fox News)
(FoxNews)

Grand jury members found that some, but not all, school board members “committed fault, misconduct, negligence in their duties and incompetence in mismanaging the SMART program, a multi-million dollar bond” to improve school safety and provide for renovations.

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Years after the fatal shooting, grand jury members found that schools failed to install security systems which, had they been in place, could have saved lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The school board neglected to install a security system that grand jury members said could have saved lives in a mass shooting four years ago.

The school board neglected to install a security system that grand jury members said could have saved lives in a mass shooting four years ago.
(Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun Sentinel via AP, Pool)

“Even four years after the events of February 14, 2018, the Grand Jury’s Final Report concluded that a potentially life-saving security alarm at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School” was and is a priority if low that she remains unsettled in multiple schools,” DeSantis’ office wrote.

Besides calling schools “unsafe” environments, grand jury members also criticized board members for allowing education to continue in “aging, decrepit, moldy buildings that were supposed to have been renovated years ago.

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DeSantis’ office pointed to some key elements of the grand jury report to say, “These are inexcusable actions on the part of school board members that have shown a tendency to embolden unacceptable behavior, including fraud and mismanagement. , throughout the district.”

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