The Parkland, Florida high school was the scene of the horrific mass shooting on Feb. 14 that claimed the lives of 17 people and left 17 more with injuries. “Funds will be used to provide relief and financial support to the victims and families affected by the mass shooting at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL,” it says on the page.
The Fund has raised millions of dollars. A Steering Committee, led by former U.S. Senator George LeMieux, will work closely with the National Center for Victims of Crime “to establish protocols, timelines and procedures for distributing funds,” it states on the Go Fund Me page.
“This is a very sensitive, complex and thoughtful process and one that the committee takes very seriously. The committee will create a draft protocol for distribution of funds and will host Town Hall meetings for public input. The goal is to help the victims’ families, survivors and those impacted by this horrific atrocity as much as possible, and as quickly, fairly and efficiently as possible.”
As a result of this tragedy, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act into legislation, raising the minimum age for buying rifles in Florida to 21. The bill also established waiting periods, background checks, banned bump stocks and also arms some teachers if the local school district and local sheriff’s departments agree.
The Act also includes $69 million (U.S.) earmarked for mental health assistance in schools, since the alleged shooter was a Stoneman student.
Some of the high school’s students also formed Never Again MSD, an organization that demands legislative action to prevent similar shootings, and the tragedy also triggered the March for Our Lives movement, which results in millions of people partaking all over the world in a march to protest gun violence.
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