A settlement was reached between the Parkland massacre families and the federal government. The settlement which is expected to be somewhere $130 million will be paid by the Department of Justice after being proven that it was a lack of a sturdy decision from the FBI which led to the horrific massacre at the high school in Florida.
According to the reports, it was proven that the FBI failed to stop the gunman from opening up the fire at the high school even though it had received vital information regarding his intention to attack.
The attorneys representing 16 out of the 17 victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland stated that they have reached a “monetary settlement” with the government over the failure of the FBI to investigate a tip that was received approximately a month before the massacre actually took place.
The family of the 17th victim had decided not to sue the government.
The attorneys stated that the details of the monetary settlement are supposed to be kept confidential but two sources close to the families leaked the information saying that the Department of Justice has agreed to make compensation payment on behalf of the FBI in between $125 million to $130 million.
“It has been an honor to represent the Parkland families who, through their immeasurable grief, have devoted themselves to making the world a safer place,” their lead attorney, Kristina Infante, said in a statement. “Although no resolution could ever restore what the Parkland families lost, this settlement marks an important step toward justice.”
FBI had received a tip on its line from an anonymous caller saying that former student of Stoneman Douglas, Nikolas Cruz has “bought guns and planned to slip into a school and start shooting the place up. I know he’s going to explode.”
Unfortunately, this information was never transmitted to the South Florida office of FBI and Nicholas Cruz was never contacted because no heed was paid to this tip.
Cruz had a long history of behavioral and emotional problems and had been expelled from the school as well.5 weeks later Cruz charged into the high school and killed 17 people while wounding many others in what is now known to be one of the deadliest high school shootings in America.