The Broward County school superintendent was forced to address recent revelations Monday surrounding Nikolas Cruz’ enrollment in a controversial disciplinary program; saying messy bookkeeping may be responsible for his previous comments that denied the gunman’s involvement in the PROMISE program.
According to the Sun Sentinel, Superintendent Robert Runcie admitted this week that the 19-year-old gunman was indeed admitted to the district’s PROMISE program; a revised set of disciplinary guidelines that effectively shielded troubled students from arrest.
“I don’t think anyone gave me misleading information,” Runcie said. “I gave the best information I had at the time. Maybe I should have qualified it further. That’s a mistake I made. But it was done trying to be as transparent as possible.”
In another interview with the Miami New Times, Runcie blamed the error on messy bookkeeping, saying “It does put a dent in our credibility, but what I’ll say is that what we’re trying to do is balance being as responsive as we can with the information that we have.”