On Wednesday morning, Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie was arrested on charges of perjury during an official proceeding. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement, according to Local 10, arrested and detained Runcie.
The specifics of the perjuryhave yet to be known. His indictment, however, revealed that he perjured himself by lying under oath to a state grand jury between March 31 and April 1. Runcie was arrested alongside Barbara Myrick, a lawyer for the School Board, who is charged with unlawfully disclosing statewide grand jury proceedings.
Here’s the indictment, signed last Thu 4/15…
outlines a charge that Superintendent Robert Runcie lied to the Florida Grand Jury about safety measures planned & funded in the wake of MSD murders.
School Board atty Barbara Myrick also charged with disclosing
Meadow Pollack’s father, Andrew Pollack, who died in the Parkland shooting in 2018, expressed his appreciation for Runcie’s arrest, saying, “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.”
His age is unknown.
Accused Of Perjury Full Details
Runcie was released on his own recognizance from Broward County Main Jail. During an investigation into potential failures in public safety laws and mismanagement of funds for safety measures in schools, the 59-year-old allegedly committed perjury during his testimony.
Since 2011, Runcie has been a part of Broward County Public Schools (BCPS), the country’s sixth-largest public school system. Runcie previously worked with Chicago Public Schools as the Chief Administrative Officer. Following the Parkland shooting, which took the lives of 17 students and staff members at Stoneman Douglas High School, he came under fire in 2018.
Some victims’ parents opposed his policies and services at the time, believing they were too lenient against the gunman.
Career And Education
Runcie was born in Jamaica and moved to the United States as a child. He was the first in his family to attend college, graduating from Harvard University. He began his professional career as the founder of a management and technology consulting firm.
However, after joining Chicago Public Schools, he turned his attention to academia. At CPS, he was assigned to a number of strategic positions. In 2011, he was appointed the BCPS’s 20th Superintendent.
Runcie’s arrest sparked a Twitter discussion, with several users blaming him for the lack of security during the Parkland shooting. Some also compared Runcie to former President Donald Trump, calling for the latter’s arrest on charges of felony perjury.