The Phoenix Flyer

Financial Help for South Florida School Shooting Survivors

By: - July 5, 2018 7:55 am

The families of the 17 victims killed on Valentine’s Day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland will soon receive $400,000 in contributions raised through a GoFundMe campaign by the Broward Education Foundation’s steering committee. The steering committee was led by former U.S. Senator George LeMieux.

Nearly 450 students who were inside the building when the Feb. 14 shooting happened will receive $2,500 and another 1,048 students who were on campus during the shooting (but not in that school building) will receive $1,000.

All told, the fund collected $10.5 million from nearly 37,000 individuals and companies since it was established in the aftermath of the tragedy. Contributions to the fund closed on Saturday. The money will be distributed on July 16, the Broward Education Foundation reported.

Meanwhile, members of March For Our Lives, the student-led grass roots activist group focused on gun law reforms, are continuing their tours both nationally and in Florida encouraging people to register to vote. Their next scheduled stop in Florida is this Friday in Lakeland.

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Mitch Perry
Mitch Perry

Mitch Perry has covered politics and government in Florida for more than two decades. Most recently he is the former politics reporter for Bay News 9. He has also worked at Florida Politics, Creative Loafing and WMNF Radio in Tampa. He was also part of the original staff when the Florida Phoenix was created in 2018.