Alex Schachter Scholarship Fund

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Alex Schachter, 14, resided in Parkland, Florida for the last eight years. Alex was tragically killed during the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018. Alex was one of the first students to be killed when the shooter unlawfully entered the Freshman building armed with an AR-15 that he aimed through a window outside of his classroom, preying on the defenseless and senselessly taking Alex and his classmates away from their family and friends forever. He is survived by his heartbroken parents , three siblings, grandparents and countless cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.

Alex was a sweet and loving boy. As a freshman, Alex loved the marching band and played the trombone and baritone as part of the Eagle Regiment Marching band - the top marching band in the state of Florida! 

If the early days after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting I created the Alex Schachter Scholarship fund to keep Alex’s memory alive by raising funds for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Marching Band and also to raise funds to improve school safety. With your generous support the Alex Schachter Scholarship Fund has raised over 240k as of 3/15/18. As the month anniversary of this horrible tragedy is upon us, It is now time to segregate/divide the funds and create a separate campaign specifically designated for school safety. The name of the new fund will be, Safe Schools For Alex ( 50% of the funds raised to date will be used to help the Stoneman Douglas Marching Band in the form of charitable contributions and scholarships in Alex’s name. The other 50% of the funds raised to date will go into the Safe Schools For Alex campaign.

Moving forward, If you want to support the Stoneman Douglas Marching Band please continue to contribute to the Alex Schachter Scholarship Fund. If you want to improve school safety please contribute to the Safe Schools For Alex campaign. Thank you for all your support. We WILL and ARE making it better for all the children.

This page has been set up by the family of Alex Schachter in Parkland, Florida. Thank you all for your support and generosity.

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Press Release:


25 Experts in School Safety Convene at Inaugural Meeting Along with Families who Lost Loved Ones During the Parkland Mass Shooting

Parkland, FL, March 10, 2018 - In the wake of the horrific mass shooting in Parkland, Florida that claimed 17 innocent lives, Max Schachter, who lost his 14 year old son Alex when the gunman shot through the window of his son’s classroom with an AR-15, has formed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas School Safety Commission. Schachter convened the first commission meeting on Monday, March 5, 2018. 25 school safety experts from across the United States helped identify state of the art school safety guidelines including training methods that will enable them to develop a blueprint to make schools safe nationwide.

Attending the commission meeting were police chiefs and sheriffs from Los Angeles, Orange County, Dallas, Denver, Atlanta, Indiana, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach county. Also in attendance were representatives from the “safest school in America” which is located in Shelbyville, Indiana. “I was impressed that the school in Indiana has a non-gun solution,” Schachter commented. Southwestern High School successfully launched a pilot program that features a secure network that’s connected to an emergency 911 call center. In the case of an active shooter, a teacher wearing a fob can immediately activate it to alert the call center. Within 20 seconds of activation, the system is then armed and has the ability to lock all classrooms. Doors and glass windows are ballistic- hardened and bullet proof. It also has cameras which the 911 operator can use to locate the attacker and then activate “hot zones.” Smoke cannons then isolate the shooter and hinder their ability to see and harm students. Teachers are also able to communicate through the system with authorities in order to protect their students and each classroom has a designated safe space. “This state of the art school safety system allows teachers to teach and students to learn, so they do not have to worry about being shot in their classrooms,” says Schachter.

“My first mission is to create a blueprint for school safety across the nation because currently there are no unified standard for schools to protect children. These standards are critical to ensuring the safety of our kids due to the fact that most school shootings are over in four to six minutes, from the time they start, There are simple things that can be implemented right now to make our schools safe. For instance, if Marjory Stoneman Douglas would have had bullet proof glass windows in all classroom doors, Alex Schachter and many other victims would still be alive today, says Schachter.”

About the Alex Schachter Foundation:
In an effort to protect our children and our teachers, the Alex Schachter Scholarship Fund Foundation 501(c)(3) has been created to raise funds to issue grants to schools across the country and assist them in hardening their structures so they can better protect themselves from these horrible tragedies in the future.
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March 5 MSD School Safety Commission Mtg
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My family and I would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for supporting us on this rollercoaster ride that we never imagined we'd ever have to take. We have formed the Alex Schachter Scholarship Foundation to make schools safe all across our nation and expose all children to the joys of music. Alex’s memory will forever live on in our hearts. We hope you will continue to support us, share our mission with your family and friends and join us on this journey. Our hope is that another family will never have to endure what we are going through right now. We are truly grateful for the outpouring of support we have received and we know, that despite the twists and turns, together, we can all make a difference to keep children safe at school.


Max Schachter
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