TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Wednesday known as for a state grand jury to research the 2018 faculty bloodbath in Parkland wherein 17 folks died, pledging accountability for any native failures that led to the deadliest U.S. highschool taking pictures.
DeSantis, a Republican elected final fall after campaigning on the difficulty, petitioned the Florida Supreme Court docket for the investigation the day earlier than the primary anniversary of the Valentine’s Day bloodbath at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive College. He stated the panel would assessment faculty security statewide.
“They’re going to have the ability – subpoena and in any other case – to get to the details and get to the reality,” DeSantis stated at a information convention, flanked by the dad and mom of slain college students.
DeSantis stated a grand jury would have broader authority than a state-appointed fee that additionally reviewed the taking pictures. Earlier this 12 months, that panel issued a report discovering cascading errors, from legislation enforcement officers holding again as pictures had been fired to lax faculty safety enabling a former pupil with an AR-style semi-automatic rifle entry to the campus.
Households within the Parkland neighborhood have raised issues about how Broward County Public Faculties ready for pupil security, in addition to the district’s response to the taking pictures.
“When your baby is murdered in class, you anticipate to get some solutions,” stated Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow was killed on the faculty, talking on the press convention.
DeSantis stated he lacked the authority to take away Broward’s appointed colleges superintendent. He famous that he didn’t discover it acceptable to take away faculty board members who had been lately re-elected after issues of safety had been raised in the course of the campaigns.
Broward faculty officers didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Final month, DeSantis suspended the Broward County sheriff who was additionally criticized for the legislation enforcement response to the taking pictures.
(Reporting by Letitia Stein; Enhancing by Frank McGurty and James Dalgleish)