Less than one week after the Broward Education Foundation, the direct support organization solely dedicated to raising funds for Broward County Public Schools, launched the GoFundMe dedicated to the victims of last week’s horrific shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School located in Parkland, Florida, supporters of the school and victims have raised well over $1.4 million.
As previously reported, On Wednesday (Valentine’s Day), the alleged shooter, who was a former student of the high school, walked into the building and killed at least 17 and injured 14. He was eventually caught and is facing 17 counts of premeditated murder. While sharing details about the campaign, The Foundation reported:
“Together with Superintendent Robert Runcie, the School Board of Broward County, Broward County Mayor Beam Furr and Commissioners, Broward Legislative Delegation and Broward County Public Schools family, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families, as well as the entire Marjory Stoneman Douglas community.”
All funds from the GoFundMe campaign will go towards providing relief and financial support to the victims and families of the horrific shooting. The foundation also noted that there are no platform fees for using GoFundMe, so 100% of the funds collected after payment processing charges will go directly to the victims and families. Following the shooting, Florida Attorney General, Pam Bondi reportedly stated that the state will pay for the victims’ funerals. Therefore, the funds from the GoFundMe will go directly to the families.
The Women’s March organizers are also planning a national student walkout and a march in Washington D.C. to protest gun violence in the country. group’s statement reads:
“Students and staff have the right to teach and learn in an environment free from the worry of being gunned down in their classrooms or on their way home from school. Parents have the right to send their kids to school in the mornings and see them home alive at the end of the day.”
The march/protest is set to happen on March 14th, one month after the school’s shooting.
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