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Parkland Students To Receive Payouts For Shooting

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Molly Prince Politics Reporter

A steering committee for a Marjory Stoneman Douglas donation fund approved a measure Monday allowing every person who was on the school’s campus at the time of the Florida shooting to be eligible to receive financial compensation.

The committee settled upon an allocation formula consisting of four levels of compensation based on the severity of those effected in the Parkland massacre, reported The Sun Sentinel. The next of kin for the 17 killed will each receive $400,000. The 18 gunshot victims will receive varying amounts with outpatients receiving $35,000 and inpatient payouts dependent on the length of the hospital stay. Anyone who was in the building at the time the shooting occurred will receive $2,500. Anyone else who was on the campus will receive $1,000.

“The disbursements are gifts from nearly 37,000 caring and generous individuals, companies, organizations and foundations and 100 percent of the funds raised will be distributed to the victims and families,” said Christina Fischer, the chairman of the Broward Education Foundation. “These gifts are given without any restriction on their use.” (RELATED: Florida School Shooting Claims Multiple Lives)

The $10.5 million donation fund was primarily a result of a GoFundMe page that was set up following the Feb. 14 shooting. The funds are scheduled to begin paying out on July 16, according to WPLG Local 10.

“The Stoneman Douglas shooting is the worst tragedy our community has faced,” Former Republican Sen. George LeMieux, chair of the steering committee, said in a statement. “Thanks to the generosity of our community, needed funds will be distributed to the victims and their families.

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