Education officials sacked after probe into Florida school shooting — Analysis
Florida’s governor accused the school board members of ‘inexcusable’ failures to keep students safe
Following an investigation into 2018 school shootings, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis suspended four Broward County School Board Members. He recommended their dismissal for negligence and incompetence.
The decision was announced on Friday and was effective immediately, with the governor’s office noting it was made on the advice of a grand jury probe which accused the four officials of “incompetence, neglect of duty and misuse of authority”Among other things.
“It is my duty to suspend people from office when there is clear evidence of …misfeasance or malfeasance,”DeSantis made the statement in a statement and went on to denounce the “inexcusable actions by school board members who have shown a pattern of emboldening unacceptable behavior, including fraud and mismanagement.”
According to the governor, he has already selected replacements for four of those sacked officials.
Grand jury investigations revealed that the board was responsible for mismanaging a multi-million-dollar program. “school safety and renovation initiatives,”And despite knowing the problem, they did not take any action.
Furthermore, even after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school that left 17 victims and their staff dead, the board still failed to find a replacement. “safety-related alarm that could have possibly saved lives”During the massacre.
Safety alarm “was and is such a low priority that it remains uninstalled at multiple schools,” the governor’s office continued, citing the probe’s findings, adding that “students continue to be educated in unsafe, aging, decrepit, moldy buildings that were supposed to have been renovated years ago.”
The February 2018 shooting claimed the lives of 14 students and three school staff. It was the most violent high school shooting in American history, despite only lasting seven minutes.
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