DeSantis suspends county education officials after Parkland shooting report

Ongoing tussles between teachers’ unions, public school bureaucracies and the mainstream media and Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis continue to escalate ahead of the 2022 midterm elections and the 2024 presidential election.

The Hill reported that DeSantis suspended four members of the Broward County Public Schools Board of Trustees after a grand jury investigation found board members were partly responsible for safety issues that led to the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

The grand jury recommended that the board members be suspended for incompetence, dereliction of duty, and abuse of authority by failing to properly install a security alarm at the school and at other schools in the district.

The jury’s recommendation read, among other things, “Students continue to be educated in dangerous, aging, decrepit and moldy buildings that were supposed to have been renovated years ago.”

DeSantis issued an executive order outlining the suspensions of board members Patricia Good, Donna Korn, Ann Murray and Laurie Rich Levinson. In his press release, the governor said the dereliction of duty was “inexcusable” and displayed “a tendency to embolden unacceptable behavior.”

In place of the suspended board members, DeSantis named Torey Alston, Manual “Nandy” Serrano, Ryan Reiter and Kevin Tynan.