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Families Of Florida School Massacre Victims Settle Suit With School District

Students hold a candle light vigil for people who died in the massacre.

Families of the 17 people who were killed when a lone gunman rampaged through Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in 2018 have reached a settlement amounting to $25 million with Broward County school district, US News reported.

Most of the injured and others who were traumatized by the incident are also part of the settlement, the report said, adding that the lawsuit was filed by the victims’ families, who accused the school district of negligence.

52 Families Part Of Settlement

Attorney David Brill, who represented the families, said Monday that 52 families from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, Parkland will be part of the settlement. He didn’t say how much each of the families will get but the largest share of the settlement will be given to families of 14 students and three staff who were killed. The share each family gets will be equal.

This development comes after the state Supreme Court decided in favor of the school district in a ruling which would have put a $300,000 limit on total damages without approval from the Legislature.

‘Painful Money’

“The settlement is painful money. It’s hard to talk about money when our daughter was murdered. How could we be happy about the money?” said Andrew Pollack, father of 18-year-old Meadow, who died in the shooting.

Of the 17 injured, 16 will get the money as the family of one seriously wounded student, Anthony Borges, have filed their own lawsuit, contending that his injuries require a lifetime of treatment and larger payment. Borges received serious gunshot wounds on his lungs, abdomen, and legs.

Some of the victims of the massacre.

“Anthony’s physical wounds were healing, but the post-traumatic stress disorder is now manifesting itself and is more troubling,” said their attorney, Alex Arreaza, who expects that a settlement will be reached soon.

Money will also be paid to 19 people who suffered severe trauma because of the incident.

Families of other students have lawsuits pending against the local Sheriff’s Office and former Deputy Scot Peterson.

Pearson, who is also facing criminal charges, was the school’s armed resource officer and has been blamed for his failure to enter the school building and stop the shooter.

He said he didn’t know at that time where the shots were coming from.

The families are also suing two security guards who they say were unable to respond when the gunman reached the campus.

The shooter, Nikolas Cruz, is expected to plead guilty Wednesday to 17 counts of first-degree murder and 17 counts of attempted murder.

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