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$1M to help Florida school district following mass shooting

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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has announced a $1 million emergency federal grant that will go to the Broward County Public Schools to help the district cope following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14.

The grant is being given through the Project School Emergency Response to Violence, otherwise known as SERV, which aids schools and universities across the country that have experienced some type of trauma.  It's expected the district will use the money for mental health services, as well as for overtime pay to teachers and staff, among many other needs.

"My heart is broken for the students, teachers and families who have had to endure this unthinkable tragedy," DeVos said. "I am committed to helping identify solutions to prevent another tragedy like this one from happening again.  The initial SERV funds awarded today will help Broward County provide services to aid in the healing and recovery process."

SERV grants have been used following other tragic events which have uprooted communities, including after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012.

17 people were killed in the February 14 shootings by gunman, Nikolas Cruz, who has confessed to the murders.  Last week, DeVos met with students, teachers and parents from the high school while they were in Washington D.C. to discuss school safety with government leaders.  

"I have had the honor to meet several members of the Parkland community over the past days," said DeVos.  "The strength shown by these students, family members and educators is an inspiration to us all."

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