Florida school principal charged with perjury

Fort Lauderdale, Florida (AP) — Director of the Florida School District, where 17 students and staff died in 2018 High school massacre He was arrested on Wednesday for perjury.

Broward County School Director Robert Lancy was arrested by the Florida Law Enforcement Department at District Headquarters and charged with perjury in an official proceeding. This is a felony, County prison records show.

FDLE spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger has no immediate access to further information and it is unclear whether the arrest was related to the February 14, 2018 investigation following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Said.

After the shooting, a state-wide grand jury was appointed to investigate the safety of the school, but expanded its role to include the possibility of corruption in the district. An administrator was previously arrested for tampering with a vendor contract and receiving a bribe.

Prison records do not indicate whether Lancy, 59, has a lawyer. The school district did not immediately respond to the email asking for comment. He was released at his own discretion. Broward County is the sixth largest school district in the United States with more than 270,000 students.

Lancy received national attention after the slaughter when several parents criticized him for a program that he felt generous with the shooters.

Lancy, 6-3 VotingSurvived a 2019 motion by the school board that tried to remove him. The attempt was led by Lori Alhadef, who was elected to the board after his 14-year-old daughter Alyssa was shot dead.

Critics of the supervisor said bullying and other school problems were routinely underreported by schools in Stoneman Douglas and other districts, and few had voluntary safety assessments. It was. Stoneman Douglas, for example, reported that between 2014 and 2017, there were zero cases of bullying and three cases of vandalism among 3,200 students.

Another target of criticism is the district’s promise program, a student disciplinary program established by Lancy shortly after taking office as director in 2011. Under the promise, students who fight or commit minor vandalism, theft, harassment, or other minor crimes are called off. -Campus site for up to 10 days on behalf of the court.

Critics briefly attend Stoneman Douglas, despite the history of fighting, threats and behavioral problems, a year before the slaughter of shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz, as Promise creates a generous atmosphere. It is said that it made it possible to do. The district says the program needed changes, but overall it was successful.

Alhadef didn’t immediately answer the call for comment on Wednesday.

Lancy’s supporters praised him for increasing the district’s graduation rate, improving schools throughout the district, and reaching out to the minority community.

Tony Montart, president of a group representing the families of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas victims, said Wednesday that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis ordered a grand jury to investigate the area and handle the slaughter. I’m doing it. “

“It’s important to know the facts about what happened, take responsibility and make positive changes,” said Montart, whose 14-year-old daughter Gina died in a shooting.


The Associated Press writer Curt Anderson of Tampa, Florida contributed to this report.