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Parkland shooting victims’ families, Broward schools reach $25M settlement

The families of the victims of the 2018 Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland reached a $25 million settlement on Monday with Broward County Public Schools.

PARKLAND, Fla. – The families of the victims of the 2018 Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland reached a $25 million settlement on Monday with Broward County Public Schools.

In a civil lawsuit, the families of the 52 victims claim the Broward County School District’s negligence was to blame for the tragedy. Andrew Pollack, the father of 18-year-old Meadow Pollack, one of the 17 killed, said there is no amount of money that will make up for his loss.

“I wasn’t too much focused on it,” the grieving father said about the lawsuit.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting victim Meadow Pollack’s dad, Andrew Pollack, reacts to the news of a settlement to a negligence lawsuit.

According to Attorney David Brill, who represents the families, the term negotiations with the school district’s attorneys were ongoing Monday night.

“There’s no amount of money in existence that would compensate the many victims adequately, but given the circumstances of this particular case and the fact that the school board is a sovereign immune entity, this is a fair and remarkable settlement,” Brill said.

Anthony Borges, now 18, is among the 17 injured who survived the school shooting. He suffered five gunshot wounds, has had 13 surgeries, and will need medical care for the rest of his life. Attorney Alex Arreaza, who is representing Borges, said he has a separate lawsuit.

“Anthony came within a hair of being the 18th dead person,” Arreaza said, adding he anticipates he will too reach a settlement with the district

A Broward County School District spokesperson declined to comment on the civil litigation.

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Christian De La Rosa joined Local 10 News in April 2017 after spending time as a reporter and anchor in Atlanta, San Diego, Orlando and Panama City Beach.

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