More Than Two Dozen Broward Charter Schools Could Break Law Next Week

The chair of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High Public Safety Commission drops a bombshell at the start of its two-day meeting and on the first day of classes in Broward County.

While Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie tells South Florida's First News this morning, "every single school has a safe school officer," Commission Chair Sheriff Bob Gualtieri counters with, "We only have a commitment from (BSO) Sheriff (Gregory) Tony because these charters are not acting, that he's only going to be coverable by Friday, and if they don't act by Friday and sign a contract with him, that he's pulling out."

Sheriff Tony isn't mincing words about the 29 charter schools affected. "We've had more than enough time to prepare and be ready for this, and these charter schools are not."

Gualtieri acknowledges statewide there have been significant school safety improvements especially with Red Flag Orders by taking guns out of the hands of dangerous people. "I know it's made a difference in this state in preventing harm and preventing tragedy," but more needs to be done including getting all schools to conduct monthly active shooter drills.

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