UPDATED 9:33 AM PT – Thursday, April 22, 2021
He’s weathered the pandemic and a mass shooting. Broward County Public Schools superintendent Robert Runcie is now facing his biggest challenge: criminal charges of perjury.
Runcie was arrested Wednesday during an official proceeding. Also arrested was school board attorney Barbara Myrick who left the Broward County Jail without commenting.
According to the arresting agency, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the 20th Statewide Grand Jury charged Runcie and Myrick related to their testimony before the jury.
The grand jury was impaneled to investigate possible failures in following school-related safety laws and mismanaging funds solicited for school safety initiatives. It’s unclear what the superintendent has been accused of lying about.
Safety was priority one statewide after Parkland Stoneman Douglas High School’s mass shooting in 2018 that claimed 17 lives. Some Parkland parents blamed the superintendent for security lapses after the tragedy.
Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie was arrested this morning.
His failed leadership lead to the murder of my daughter Meadow and 16 other innocent lives.
I will never stop fighting until they get the justice they deserve. #FixIt
— Andrew Pollack (@AndrewPollackFL) April 21, 2021
There have been efforts district wide to fortify schools and prevent violence. The district said despite the arrests, school operations will be uninterrupted. School board member Sarah Leonardi, herself a teacher, also said the staff is resilient.