FDLE arrests Broward County Schools Superintendent, General Counsel

Henrietta Strickland
April 22, 2021

- FDLE agents arrested Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie, 59, for perjury in an official proceeding, a felony. But his attorneys say he will fight the allegations and plans to stay on as Superintendent.

The arresting agency was the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Barbara Myrick, who serves as general counsel for Broward County Schools, is also facing charges. Both officials face felony charges related to a statewide grand jury that launched a probe into the country's sixth-largest district after 17 people were killed in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Runcie and Myrick are accused of lying to that body.

The FDLE said the arrests are related to Runcie and Myrick's testimony before a grand jury.

They also wanted to know if "public entities" were engaging in "fraud and deceit" by not acting on certain safety measures but nonetheless taking conditional state funds anyway; whether school officials were engaging in fraud and deceit by "mismanaging, failing to use, and diverting funds" from multimillion dollar bonds meant for school safety programs; and whether school officials broke and are still breaking state law by "systematically underreporting " crime to the Department of Education.

The indictment said Runcie "did make a false statement which Robert W. Runcie did not believe to be true" while testifying under oath in an official proceeding related to the investigation. This morning, we received a copy of an indictment that does not shed any light on what false statement is alleged to have been made.

"Mr. Runcie will enter a plea of not guilty to the charge". "We are confident that he will be exonerated and he intends to continue to carry out his responsibilities with the highest level of integrity and moral standards, as he has done for almost ten years in his role as Superintendent".

He has been credited with increasing the Broward County School District's graduation rate.

Barbara Myrick
Barbara Myrick

Rosalind Osgood, the chairwoman of the Broward County School Board, did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment on the arrests. He eventually moved his way up to chief administrative officer.

Runcie has also faced sharp criticism for his response to the shooting and has fended off efforts to oust him from his $335,000-a-year post.

Several parents of those victims have voiced their desire to replace Runcie in the aftermath of that attack.

Runcie, Broward's first Black superintendent, joined the district in 2011 after attending Harvard and Northwestern universities and spending his early career in business. Though specifics of the charges against the veteran superintendent and Myrick remain unclear, Petty said he felt optimistic about the grand jury investigation. The district says while the program needed changes, it was a success overall.

As reported by Breitbart News, "The parents and students assert Runcie and members of the school board failed to keep MSD students safe as a result of mismanagement of funds allocated for school safety and disciplinary programs that were more concerned with reducing numbers of minority arrests than student safety".

The superintendent of the Florida school district where 17 students and staff died in a 2018 high school massacre was arrested Wednesday after investigators said he lied to a grand jury investigating events surrounding the shooting. It is investigating whether districts are following school safety laws, including those implemented after the February 14, 2018, slayings. Lawmakers have brought back a version of that bill this Session.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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