Broward School District Corruption Likely Led to Mass Shooting

Instead of using revenue to keep students safe, Broward school district corruption put them in danger.

Kenneth Preston, a nineteen-year-old, home-schooled senior, has uncovered possible Broward school district corruption that may have contributed to the 17 deaths from the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The corruption involves missing money and more evidence that student criminals were kept in school rather than prosecuted. Preston tried to bring his evidence and witnesses to a School Board meeting but was prevented at the last minute.

Sunshine State News reports, “The $100 Million Parkland Boondoggle Broward Schools Doesn’t Want You to Hear.

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All he’s done since the Valentine’s Day serial shooting […] is spend more than 100 hours searching through thousands of pages of local government documents that most taxpayers would never dream of reading.

He’s spoken with dozens of school and law enforcement officials, parents of victims and members of the media.


Here’s an excerpt from Preston’s report:

“In 2014, Superintendent Runcie successfully convinced Broward residents to vote on $800 million in bonds for Broward County Public Schools to invest back into the schools. According to The Qualification Selection Evaluation Committee (QSEC), an anti-corruption measure, there should be a committee of 11 people, five of whom are members from the public, that would decide what companies were given lucrative contracts to manage that $800,000,000 in voter approved projects.

“Just a year later, Runcie, who was tasked with bringing transparency to the board, moved to bypass those anti-corruption measures by removing members of the public from voting on who received the contracts.

Preston points out the board was given roughly $104 million in public grants to secure the schools in 2014, but as of 2018 only $5 million had been spent, leaving nearly $100 million unaccounted for. Where did the money go?


In his report, Preston references the PROMISE program prominently, which Sunshine State News first exposed as a Broward Schools’ favorite in a story Feb. 28.  He says PROMISE makes it so school districts must limit the punishments and reporting to authorities of unruly and or criminal students if they are minorities. If they fail to abide by the PROMISE program practices, the district risks losing grant money from the federal government.

Oh, yes, and Preston has evidence criminal students with a history of rape and severe violence are permitted to attend public schools in Broward.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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