The governor of Florida charged the school board members with making "inexcusable" mistakes regarding student safety.
Four members of the Broward County School Board have been placed on administrative leave by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis following a recommendation to dismiss them following a school massacre in 2018.
The decision was taken on the advice of a grand jury investigation, which charged the four officials with "incompetence, negligence of duty, and misuse of authority," among other things. It was announced on Friday and took effect right away, according to the governor's office.
DeSantis issued a statement in which he said, "I must suspend people from office when there is clear evidence of...misfeasance or malfeasance," and went on to denounce the "inexcusable actions by school board members who have shown a pattern of emboldening unacceptable behaviour, including fraud and mismanagement."
The governor declared that the four fired officials had already been replaced.
The board had mismanaged a multimillion-dollar programme for "school safety and remodelling projects," according to the grand jury inquiry, and had done little to address the issues despite being aware of them.
Additionally, even four years after a mass shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacred 17 students and teachers, the board neglected to repair a "safety-related alert that may have saved lives" during the tragedy.
The governor's office continued, citing the investigation's findings, that the safety alarm "was and is such a low priority that it remains uninstalled at multiple schools," and that "students continue to be educated in unsafe, old, decaying, mouldy buildings that were supposed to have been renovated years ago."
Despite lasting only seven minutes, the February 2018 attack, which claimed the lives of 14 students and three staff members, is still the deadliest high school shooting event in US history.