Online Petition Calls for Ouster of Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie

Nearly one year after one of the deadliest mass school shootings in United States history, some Broward County residents are pushing for the ouster of the man at the helm of public schools in the county.

Members of the Concerned Citizens of Broward County were at the school board’s meeting on Tuesday, armed with an online petition that had over 7,500 signatures calling for Superintendent Robert Runcie to be removed from his post.

The petition was launched on January 1st.

Runcie has received repeated criticism in the wake of the Feburary 14, 2018 shooting inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, where 17 students and staff were shot and killed. Critics have blamed him for the failures involving school security, camera surveillance and discipline procedures involving the alleged shooter, Nikolas Cruz.

Runcie did not specifically address the criticism, but previously told NBC 6 that he would continue his duties with the district.

Organizers say they will take their case to state officials in Tallahassee if the school board does not remove Runcie, however Governor Ron DeSantis has previously stated he is not sure if he has the power to remove Runcie since he is not an elected official.

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