BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A parent of one of the Parkland Victims is using his loss to help prevent the death of others.
This image shows Max Schachtar speaking at Mosley High School. (WJHG/WECP)
Max Schachter spoke at Mosley High School Thursday as part of the Superintendent's Summit on school safety.
"He was just a little kid, he just wanted to have fun, he played basketball with his friends and he was in the marching band," said Max Schacter about his son.
Alex Schachter was just 14 years old when he was shot and killed during the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last February.
His dad Max has traveled the country since, hoping to educate people on the tragedy that lead to his sons death.
"My little boy Alex was one of the first victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Massacre and after the tragedy I wanted to do something to keep his memory alive and to try to have something good come from this horrible tragedy," said Schachter.
He wants communities and schools to be prepared for any situation so no one else has to die at the hands of a shooter.
"It's really working with your staff, developing policies and procedures, but also making sure those policies and procedures are implemented and have fidelity down at the school level," said Schachter.
His main message, just because you don't think it will happen to you, doesn't mean it wont.
"We've had school shootings for 20 years since Columbine and we continue to have them and it's because parents and communities don't think it's ever going to happen to their school," said Schachter.
Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford says he's used the tragedy to prepare his deputies for an active shooter situation.
"What happened with Parkland that day did not go in vain for us, we've really taken steps I think locally, state-wide, and nationally to make our schools safer and pray this doesn't happen again," said Sheriff Tommy Ford.
Something Max Schachter is thankful for, but knows there's still work to be done.
Schachter has started a foundation called Safe Schools for Alex as part of his mission for school safety.
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