"It was important for me to run for school board to honor the death of my daughter Alyssa," Alhadeff told Refinery29. "Also, to make sure that this never happens again. School safety is my top priority in order for our students to receive a quality education."
"I just spent the last two hours putting the funeral arrangements [together] for my daughter’s funeral, who’s 14!" she screamed directly into the camera. "President Trump, please do something. Do something! Action! We need it now! These kids need safety now!"
After losing her daughter to gun violence, Alhadeff established the nonprofit organization Make Schools Safe Inc., with the goal of improving school safety through protocols and best practices tailored to each campus' specific needs.
"Alyssa was bright, beautiful, athletic, and full of sunshine," Alhadeff previously told Refinery29. "She was the friend who was always there for others, often staying up much later than she should have just to listen to a friend in need."
She added: "She took and appreciated every opportunity she had and made the most of it."