The horrifying 2018 Parkland shooting, in which perpetrator Nikolas Cruz massacred 17 people, including 14 youngsters, has ended up in a double defeat for the American government and society.

Due to an abject failure of the FBI to act in order to stop the shooter – even though it was tipped off that he intended to attack – a total of 17 lives have been lost, and now the Department of Justice has apparently agreed to give out nearly $127 million in settlement money to the families of the victims.

FBI failure costing America double

While the settlement payments might be deserved by the families who have lost their loved ones – including in the cases of losing their children because of the evil shooter, the FBI’s failure is costing America twice - $130 million in taxpayer money, and, of course, the massive loss of lives.

The monetary settlements with the DOJ have been reached by the attorneys of a total of 16 out of the 17 affected families, as one family chose not to pursue a suit, The Daily Mail reported.

While the attorneys didn’t disclose the exact figures, a source familiar with the deal is quoted as saying that the total for the 16 families is $127.5 million.

Lead attorney Kristina Infante in a statement praised the families of those killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for their devotion to make the world safer while tackling “immeasurable grief”.

One of the parents, Andrew Pollack, the father of 18-year-old Meadow who was killed by Cruz, commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation for eventually accepting responsibility for its failure to act – unlike the school district in Broward County, the sheriff’s office, the security staff of the school, and the psychologists who had treated Cruz.

He says all of them could have stopped the shooter but have avoided accepting the responsibility.

Some 5 weeks before the shooting in Parkland, Florida, on February 14, 2018, a tip line of the FBI got a call which informed that Nikolas Cruz, a former student of the high school, had purchased firearms and was planning to go to a school and begin shooting.

Unfortunately, through FBI’s failure, the tip was never passed to the FBI office for South Florida. Hellish crime

Last month, the now 23-year-old Cruz pleaded guilty to 17 counts of murder of first degree.

He was expelled from the high school in Parkland in 2017, and has a history of behavioral and emotional problems.

His penalty trial is scheduled for January and he is going to be sentenced either to the death penalty, or to life in prison.

When he burst into his former high school on Valentine’s Day 2018, Cruz used an AR-15 rifle and smoke grenades to shoot dead 14 students, three staff members, and to wound another 17 people.

He even managed at first to evade capture by the police by pretending to be a student running for cover.