The Miami-Dade County School Board has reached a settlement with the family of a teenage boy fatally stabbed at Coral Gables High School in 2009.
Michael Haggard of the Haggard Law Firm said the School Board reached a settlement for $1,875,000 with the mother of Juan Carlos Rivera, Anais Cruz.
Andy Rodriguez, now 18, was convicted in August of second-degree murder in the September 2009 killing, which happened on school grounds.
Haggard said it is the largest award for any type of school security case against the School Board, which voted on it about two weeks ago.
Under the terms of the settlement, the family will pay about $700,000 now. The law firm will file a claims bill with the Florida Legislature for the rest.
"What it's going to do is it's going to compensate her for the extreme anguish that she's gone through," said Haggard.
"We're hoping that this tragedy, which is beyond words, maybe opens people's eyes to realize that you have to take these steps and you can't ignore security and you can't put it on the back burner, or another tragedy like this is going to happen," said attorney Todd Michaels.
Cruz has been living in the U.S. during the legal proceedings and plans to remain here. She wants to have a career as a physician, as she had in Cuba, and she wants to talk to other parents of victims of violence, according to her lawyers.
The School Board said Friday it could not comment, saying it was an ongoing investigation.