The long lines of cars and media trucks filing into J.P. Taravella High on Monday night passed by a row of bold red signs that read: “Protect our children. Fire Runcie.”
That set the scene of a three-hour school safety town hall that grew contentious between staunch supporters of Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie — largely, the African-American community — and his fiercest critics: the families of the victims killed in the mass shooting at nearby Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Beyond that, I don't think it's fair to blame Runcie for what happened at Majorie Stoneman Douglas. I understand how devastated parents who lost children still are, but they are--unfortunately--neither the only nor first parents to lose children in this manner and it is, I think, supremely unhelpful to maintain this "seek and destroy" mindset with regard to everyone associated with Broward County and Broward County Public Schools.