Broward Schools Superintendent Arrested & Charged with Perjury | NewsRadio WFLA

Modesto Morganelli
Апреля 22, 2021

Robert Runcie, the schools superintendent in Broward County, Florida, was arrested Wednesday on felony charges related to an inquiry into the district's security actions in the lead-up to the 2018 mass school shooting in Parkland, state officials announced. Myrick, 72, is accused of unlawfully disclosing grand jury proceedings, a felony.

Gov. Ron DeSantis couldn't do that, but one year after the tragedy he ordered up a statewide grand jury charged with looking into school safety issues, including how money meant to protect schools was being spent.

The FDLE said the arrests are related to Runcie and Myrick's testimony before a grand jury.

FDLE spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger said no further information was immediately available and it was not known if the arrest is connected to the investigation that followed the February 14, 2018, shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Runcie and Myrick were booked into the Broward County Jail. Attorney General Ashley Moody's Office of Statewide Prosecution is prosecuting the case.

The next month, the public learned the grand jury found evidence of crimes, indicting Broward's former chief information officer Anthony "Tony" Hunter for allegedly tampering with a sole-source $17 million contract for Recordex classroom flat screens.

Runcie's indictment, provided to The 74 by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, alleges that he gave false statements to the grand jury as it was investigating whether the district was following school safety laws, whether officials committed fraud by accepting state school funds while "knowingly failing to act", whether officials committed fraud by mismanaging school safety funds and whether educators underreported "incidents of criminal activity to the Department of Education".

The Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that while the grand jury's primary focus initially was to review school safety in the aftermath of the Parkland massacre, the scope of the probe has since expanded to include corruption and mismanagement in district operations. It was approved by county voters nearly four years before the shooting.

The statement did not say whether Runcie has been suspended and the district's media relations office did not immediately know the answer to that question.

"It is important that we get the facts about what happened and then hold those responsible accountable and implement positive change", said Montalto, who lost his 14-year-old daughter Gina in the shooting.

Robert Runcie, was today arrested and charged. Myrick has been general counsel since 2016 and a district employee since 2002.

He did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment, but his lawyers said in a statement that "politics" were to blame for the arrest and that he would plead not guilty.

In response to news of the arrests, School Board Chairwoman Rosalind Osgood issued a statement Wednesday saying the district would "operate as normal under the District's leadership team". Stoneman Douglas reported zero incidents of bullying among its 3,200 students between 2014 and 2017 and three incidents of vandalism, for example.

Another target of criticism has been the district's Promise Program, a student disciplinary system Runcie instituted shortly after he became superintendent.

Critics say Promise created a lenient atmosphere that allowed shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz to briefly attend Stoneman Douglas a year before the massacre despite a history of fights, threats and behavioral problems.

Alhadef did not return a call Wednesday seeking comment.

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