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Parkland shooting families reach multimillion–dollar settlement


Police at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 15, 2018 Associated Press/Photo by Wilfredo Lee, file

Parkland shooting families reach multimillion–dollar settlement

Parents of students killed in the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting sued the FBI for not investigating a tip that gunman Nikolas Cruz was planning an attack. Attorneys for 16 of the 17 families of students who died, along with some wounded, announced Monday that they reached a confidential settlement with the federal government. The family of the 17th victim at the Florida school didn’t join the lawsuit.

What do we know about the agreement? A person who requested anonymity but who is familiar with the settlement said the government will pay a total of $127.5 million. Someone had called the FBI tip line more than a month before the Valentine’s Day shooting saying Nikolas Cruz, who had been expelled from Stoneman Douglas the year before, had purchased firearms and intended to “slip into a school and start shooting the place up.” The agency did not send the information to the local FBI office or contact Cruz. The 23-year-old pleaded guilty to 17 counts of first-degree murder in October.

Dig deeper: From the WORLD archives, read Laura Edghill’s report in Schooled about the security breakdown at the high school leading up to the massacre.


Rachel Lynn Aldrich Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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