April Speaks Out Against Appointment of Robert Runcie
August 22, 2023
Disgraced former Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie was hired as the new CEO of Chiefs for Change. The Sun Sentinel famously documented how Runcie used lies, deceit, and corruption to run Broward Schools in its Pulitzer Prize winning series on his administration. April speaks out against this disgraceful appointment along with Ryan Petty.
4 Years After My Daughter Was Killed, My Fight for Gun Safety Continues
February 4, 2022
April shares her thoughts in an op-ed in Newsweek. Excerpt below:
"I am still and will forever be a mother of three, even if one of my children no longer walks this Earth. I am a survivor because I push through my pain. I fight for stronger gun laws because I know the stakes are so painfully high. And I continue to demand action because my two living children—and your children—deserve a safer world. We all do."
April Lobbies for Parents Need to Know legislation
April 21, 2021
April traveled to Tallahassee with Tony Montalto and Tom Hoyer to lobby Florida lawmakers to pass legislation requiring school districts inform parents of serious threats and violent incidents that happen at school or a school sponsored event.
The Florida legislature unanimously passed SB590 which included the requirement for parental notification.
Robert Runcie Arrested for Perjury Related to MSD Investigation
April 21, 2021
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.
Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie was arrested by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement at district headquarters and charged with perjury in an official proceeding, which is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.
Meeting with Biden Administration
February 11, 2021
Phil, April, Robert, and other families of those slain at MSD met with Ambassidor Susan Rice (Director of the Domestic Policy Council), Cedric Richmond (Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement), Stefanie Feldman (Senior Advisor to the Director of the Domestic Policy Council), Adrian Saenz, and Erin Pelton to discuss how to cement gains made in school safety over the last three years and quickly move forward with important new initatives.
April Share 5 Questions Every Parent Should Ask
February 11, 2020
April co-wrote an op-ed in Education Week with other Stand With Parkland members on the need for every parent to ask their child's teacher and principal 5 important questions. Learn more about the 5 Questions here: https://www.standwithparkland.org/five-questions
April Talks about Leaving Broken Broward County
August 09, 2019
A year-and-a-half after 17 students and faculty were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, two grieving families with a shared sense of distrust for their old home have reached the same conclusion, Broward County is fatally broken and isn’t home any more.
Gun Violence and Public Health
July 16, 2019
April speaks about gun violence prevention (GVP) at a summit in Seattle.
Additional interview below:
Working With Everyone, Bobby Builds Consensus
April 17, 2019
“I like to tell people the NRA has actually brought up some pretty good ideas," Schentrup said. "They actually come to the table with more than 'no, we don't like this.' They come to the table with specific concerns. ... And they come with specific solutions."
Robert Launches ZeroUSA
April 04, 2019
Robert launches ZeroUSA with support from the Rise Social Justice Incubator. Rise is mentoring the leaders in ZeroUSA to pass ERPO legislation in all 50 states. Rise founder Amanda Nguyen has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and funding for the Social Justice Incubator comes from Chang Zuckerberg and Bill and Melinda Gates foundations.
Here are some links to the announcements:
A Year of Reporting by the SunSentinel
February 14, 2019
The murder of 17 students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High on Valentine's Day 2018 has been called the United States' most preventable school shooting. In coverage launched the day of the massacre and sustained through the year, the South Florida Sun Sentinel showed why.
Interview with NPR's Melissa Block
February 11, 2019
Phil and April talk with Melissa about life a year after Carmen's murder and their involvement in Stand With Parkland - The National Association of Families for Safe Schools.
Phil and April Fight for the Truth
September 18, 2019
Phil and April file suit, along with the Polluck family, to force the Broward Sheriffs Office and Broward County School Board to abide by the law and fulfill their obligations to provide public information concerning the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Phil Demands Action from Broward County School Board
July 23, 2018
Phil goes in front of the school board to demand action and accountability for the failings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas.
Watch a video of Phil's remarks: School Board Meeting (scroll to 2:16:53)
News story by local CBS affiliate: MSD Investigation Begins
News story by local ABC affiliate: Back to School Update
Article in Sun-Sentinel: Wexler Investigation
April and Phil Provide Public Witness
July 07, 2018
April and Phil spoke at a rally in Austin hosted by Bishops United Against Gun Violence. The couple spoke about how Carmen's murder affected them and the need for the action.
Read Phil's full remarks here.
Read April's full remarks here.
Phil Addresses the House of Bishops of the Episcopal General Convention
July 06, 2018
Phil shares a small part of Carmen's story with the bishops of the Episcopal Church and asks for their continued support for reducing gun violence in our country.
Article by the Episcopal News Service:
Launching Stand With Parkland
June 27, 2018
Phil and April launch Stand with Parkland along with the 16 other families who lost loved ones in the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
MSD Families Launch ‘Stand with Parkland’
‘Stand With Parkland’ Wants Conversation, Compromise For Safer Schools
The Parkland Parents Are Not Backing Down
USA TODAY (Gannett)
The families of Parkland are hoping to start a civil discussion about ending school violence
Parkland families call for compromise and conversation in addressing gun violence
Parents of Parkland shooting victims unite for safer schools
Stand With Parkland says it wants sensible firearms and mental health policies for the nation's children.
'Stand with Parkland' bands together families who lost loved ones at Stoneman Douglas High
Parkland families launch new advocacy group
Washington Post (Associated Press)
Florida families form advocacy group ‘Stand With Parkland’
Relatives of Parkland victims launch school safety group
Florida families form advocacy group ‘Stand With Parkland’
Parkland Families Push to End School Violence With New Advocacy Group
Stand With Parkland will push for universal background checks.
Houston Chronicle (AP)
Florida families form advocacy group 'Stand With Parkland'
What Is Stand With Parkland? Marjory Stoneman Parents Have Launched A Brand New Organization
We Must Have Action!
May 22, 2018
Philip Schentrup, whose daughter Carmen was murdered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, speaks out against the inaction and ineptitude of the School Board of Broward County's response to his daughter murder.
Read Phil's full statement here.
Robert Helps to Launch 'Team ENOUGH'
May 21, 2018
Student leaders from Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Sandy Hook, Columbine, and neighborhoods impacted by gun violence across the country have joined together to form Team ENOUGH. This new youth-led group will focus on student engagement on the issue of gun violence prevention and ways to continue momentum for change, including voter education, community empowerment, and advocacy. Team ENOUGH will convene individual leaders and other youth-focused organizations on a national platform.
Parkland Moms Lead "Shop-In" at Dick's Sporting Goods and Walmart
May 11, 2018
April and the other moms and wives of those lost at MSD discuss their #ShopInForMoms initiative to support business that have acted to support sensible gun sales policies.