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Grieving Parkland families receive payout from Broward school district for MSD shooting

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FILE- In this Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, file photo, parents wait for news of their loved ones after a former student opened fire killing several students and three staff members, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. The latest mass shooting at the Florida high school has some pondering the improbable: Could this one actually bring some measure of change? (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach, File)

Grieving Parkland families who lost loved ones will be compensated by the Broward school district for the Valentine’s Day school massacre.
The families of the victims of the 2018 school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida reached a $25-million settlement with Broward County Public schools.

Fifty two families whose loved ones suffered injuries, trauma or death in the shooting, sued the school district claiming its negligence was a factor leading to the troubled former student making his way on campus and opening fire.
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.
The largest payments of the settlement will go to the 17 families who had children or spouses killed.

The other families still have lawsuits pending against the Broward Sheriff’s Office and former Deputy Scot Peterson, the school’s armed resource officer, for his failure to enter the building to confront the shooter. Peterson, who is also facing criminal charges, has said he did not know where the shots were coming from.

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Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz holds his head in court during day two of jury selection in his trial at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021, on four criminal counts stemming from his alleged attack on a Broward jail guard in November 2018. Cruz is accused of punching Sgt. Ray Beltran, wrestling him to the ground and taking his stun gun. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun Sentinel via AP, Pool)

Meanwhile, the confessed Parkland shooter, Nikolas Cruz is set to plead guilty to 17 counts of first degree murder and 17 counts of attempted murder on Wednesday.
He will then go through a sentencing hearing to determine his fate. The state refuses to take the death penalty off the table.