Broward County to pay $26 million to employees and students victimized by mass school shooting
The Broward County School District has agreed to pay $26 million to 51 victims (employees and students) murdered during the February 14, 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Marylin Batista, the school board's interim general counsel stated: “While we recognize no amount of money can make these families whole, it is the school board’s hope that this settlement will show our heartfelt commitment to the MSD families, students, staff, faculty and to the entire Broward County community,” said Marylin Batista, the board’s interim general counsel.
The confessed shooter Nikolas Cruz, an expelled former student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas who turned up at the school with an AR-15 rifle on Valentine's Day 2018, and effectuated the mass murder. He pled and was adjudicated guilty of the murder of 17 faculty members and students and the attempted murder of 17 others. The state of Florida is seeking the death penalty in that criminal proceeding.