Robert Runcie is the superintendent of the Broward County Public School District and was the man in charge during the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Runcie was blasted for the district’s PROMISE program, which allows students who commit certain misdemeanors at school to bypass the justice system and instead attend an alternative school — thus keeping arrest statistics low. He was also criticized for his follow-up to the shooting.
On Wednesday morning, Runice was arrested and taken into custody on a charge of perjury. Also arrested was General Counsel Barbara Myrick on a charge of unlawful disclosure of statewide grand jury proceedings.
BREAKING NEWS: Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie was arrested Wednesday morning on a charge of perjury in an official proceeding. https://t.co/NEFba9frBk
— WPLG Local 10 News (@WPLGLocal10) April 21, 2021
The grand jury was looking into, among other things, whether school officials committed fraud and deceit by mismanaging, failing to use, and diverting funds from multimillion-dollar bonds specifically solicited for school safety initiatives.
I’m asking everyone who follows me to share this story.
Three years ago a monster killed 17 people at my High School.
Local officials’ corruption allowed it to happen.
Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie arrested on a perjury charge. Justice.
— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) April 21, 2021
— Ryan Petty (@rpetty) April 21, 2021
Those who allowed Meadow to be murdered will be held accountable. All of their failures will be brought to light. In light of his arrest on perjury charges, now is the time for Robert Runcie to step down or be removed. The teachers and students in Broward country deserve better. https://t.co/Ii4AlBFgC4
— Hunter Pollack (@PollackHunter) April 21, 2021
I'm glad you and your family got this small victory. Runcie needs to be fired and held accountable along with everyone else responsible.
— Michael Babb (@p25735) April 21, 2021
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
GJ info@WPLGLocal10 pic.twitter.com/lPdzbCsIX9
— Glenna Milberg (@GlennaWPLG) April 21, 2021
— Meaty Flesh Bag of Cosmic Stardust ✨???? (@Maeillory) April 21, 2021
c.c. @jaketapper Your Town Hall really had the best people
— Shane Styles (@shaner5000) April 21, 2021
Karma …. is for real folks.
— Emilio Gonzalez (@RildeGonzalez) April 21, 2021
Finally! So many people rejoicing today.
— Dune (@dunedoggywog) April 21, 2021
Time for a new Superintendent for Broward County because citizens DON'T want a criminal heading our schools
— TheLovelyQueen (@Shadowlover007) April 21, 2021
I’m sure I could think of a few others that should be going down with him… let’s see
— RStuart16 (@Rstuart16) April 21, 2021
Nothing surprises me when I hear it comes out of Broward County. That's Debbie Wasserman Schultz's neck of the woods.
— Leo Scone (@leoscone) April 21, 2021
It is, without a doubt, the most corrupt county in FL. Not a lot of hope here but today there is some.
— The Constitution Matters (@User_6788) April 21, 2021
There sure are a lot of people in the comments calling this a “lynching,” calling Runcie a fall guy, and still blaming the NRA for the shooting.
'My blood is boiling': Broward student journalist lays out his case against superintendent, school board https://t.co/JWodb2pFIJ
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) April 27, 2018