Families of Parkland school shooting victims reach $25M settlement with school district

The money will be split among 50 families, with the largest shares going to the family members of the 17 people who were killed. 

Updated: October 19, 2021 - 9:29pm

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The families of the victims of the 2018 mass shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have reached a $25 million settlement with Broward County Public Schools.

According to The Hill, the money will be split among 50 families, with the largest shares going to the family members of the 17 people who were killed. 

An attorney representing some of the families called the settlement "fair and remarkable," while noting that no amount of money will change what happened on that tragic day.

"There isn’t enough money in existence that would compensate the victims and their families adequately," attorney David Brill said in a statement. "But this settlement provides a measure of justice and accountability to them and the other families and victims."

The settlement comes just a week after attorneys for the accused shooter, Nikolas Cruz, announced that Cruz would be pleading guilty to 17 counts of first-degree murder and 17 counts of attempted murder.

Many survivors of the shooting became prominent activists for gun control reform, lobbying Congress to pass more stringent federal gun laws. 

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