VIDEO: Florida student eviscerates school board in Parkland hearing
Written by DML
Two weeks ago, I broke the news about Kenneth Preston, 19, and his report on the alleged mismanagement of funds by the Broward County School District in Florida. Preston appeared Wednesday, April 10, as a speaker at the district’s board meeting and lit up the room with shocking revelations.
Preston, who is a home-school senior year student, spent weeks collecting public data and conducting face to face interviews with people familiar with the practices of the district’s superintendent, Mr. Robert Runcie.
According to Preston, Runcie and the school board sat on most of the money granted by tax payers to keep schools safe, including Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. On February 14, 2018, former student Nikolas Cruz entered Stoneman Douglas and went on a shooting spree, killing 17 people and injuring another 17.
In his report, Preston points out that the board was given roughly $104,000,000 in public grants to secure the schools in 2014, but that as of 2018 only a small portion of the money had been spent. The total amount used to date is roughly $5,000,000. Thus, leaving nearly $100 million unused.
In addition, Preston discovered what could be deemed as questionable behavior by the school board when considering its reliance on the PROMISE program, which was originally put in place by the Obama administration.
The PROMISE program 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.
According to Preston, criminal students with history of rape and severe violence are permitted to attend public schools in Broward.
Preston was introduced to me last month by Andy Pollack, father of Meadow Pollack. Meadow was shot 9 times and died in the Stoneman massacre.
I met with Preston in person to discuss his report. At the time, he was seeking media attention and advise about how to present his information to the press. Sadly, but not shockingly, DML News was the only recognizable media outlet to take him seriously.
DML News first ran the story two weeks ago. Immediately following our report, Mr. Runcie tweeted that Preston’s claims added up to nothing more than “fake news.”
On Wednesday, April 10, amid a packed audience filled with members of the Parkland community, Preston spoke for just over 2-minutes at the school board meeting. Preston shocked all in attendance when revealing that Runcie had called for an impromptu meeting with Preston on Tuesday, April 9, to discuss his report.
Preston claims he asked Runcie if he could bring a lawyer to the meeting, but was told “no”.
In addition, Preston asked if he could record the meeting but was denied the opportunity. According to Preston, Runcie rejected both requests because he himself would not be represented by a lawyer, nor would he be recording the meeting.
But as Preston explained in his statement Wednesday, Runcie showed up to the meeting with 10 school district representatives, making it an ambush-style meeting that lasted two-hours. According to Preston, the meeting was an attempt to “reeducate him” about what he learned during his investigation into the school board.
Preston then went on to say that moments before the April 10 hearing was to begin, the board took action to reject 7 of the speakers the 19-year-old had brought with him to help defend his report, some of them family members of victims in the Stoneman shooting. Furthermore, Preston was limited to 3-minutes of presentation time versus the original 6-minutes he was scheduled.
Preston concluded by asking why Runcie and ten representatives from the district would take so much time and effort to meet with a 19-year-old if his report was not credible. He did not receive an answer.
Preston’s full statement can be viewed below:
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