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Families of Parkland victims reach a $25 million settlement with the school district

Added 10-18-21 08:07:01pm EST - “The families of the 17 people killed and others affected by the 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High had filed suit against the Broward County school district, accusing it of negligence.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Families of Parkland victims reach a $25 million settlement with the school district”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The families of the 17 people killed in the 2018 Florida high school massacre, most of the wounded and others traumatized have reached a $25 million settlement with the Broward County school district in a lawsuit that had accused it of negligence.

David Brill, the families' attorney, confirmed Monday that 52 families from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland will be part of the settlement, which was first reported by the South Florida SunSentinel. He would not say how much each family will receive, but the families of the 14 students and three staff members killed will get the largest shares. Those will be equal.

The settlement comes after the school district had won a state Supreme Court ruling that could have capped total damages at $300,000 without approval from the Legislature.

"This settlement is fair and remarkable given the circumstances," Brill said. Still, he said, it is "nowhere near enough money to compensate the victims. Indeed, there isn't enough money in existence to do that."

Andrew Pollack, whose 18-year-old daughter, Meadow, died in the shooting, told the SunSentinel the settlement is "painful money."

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