PARKLAND, Fla. – The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday against the families of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting victims.
The court ruled that the Broward County School Board is only obligated to pay up to $300,000 in total liability payments. This is to be shared among all of the families who were victimized in the 2018 Valentine’s Day massacre, that left 17 dead.
Attorney Todd Michaels said that under state law, the board is only obligated to financial liability for the school shooting as one incident, instead of each family’s devastating loss.
“It’s obviously disappointing and it’s disappointing because it changes the way these families have to pursue justice obviously the families are disappointed,” Michaels said.
Lori Alhadeff, a school board member who lost her daughter Alyssa in the massacre, released a statement in response to the ruling.
“I’m disheartened once again to see that the best interests and hearts of those who lost loved ones or were injured are not protected,” Alhadeff said. "A financial gain will never suffice for injury and suffering, but the fact that the Supreme Court ruled against us all leaves me saddened and disappointed.”