Sen. Rick Scott Statement on Parkland Shooter Jury Decision

October 13, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Rick Scott released the below statement following the jury’s decision to recommend life in prison without parole on all counts for the Parkland school gunman who murdered 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018.

Senator Rick Scott said, “There are few days that go by without my thoughts turning to the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. On February 14, 2018, a monster took 17 innocent lives and forever changed the Parkland community, the State of Florida and our nation. Now, more than four years after that horrific day, I know the pain felt by the families and loved ones of those we lost is still difficult for them to bear. I remain close with these families and know that many of us find it hard to understand how such brutal crimes could be met with anything but the most severe punishment allowed under our laws. While I have faith in our justice system, today’s decision is not what many of us expected. I can only pray that as each phase of this painful process concludes, those whose hearts were torn by this monster find some measure of closure, and that our Heavenly Father delivers to them the peace of knowing that they will one day be reunited in His kingdom with those we so tragically lost.”