GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Department of Children and Families has reached a settlement agreement with the families involved in the Bell Tragedy.
DCF and two other private companies – who provide child welfare services – will dish out a total of $750,000 to the families involved in the 2014 shooting.
“For us, we’re glad the settlement could be settlement was reached so we could all have closure and move forward,” Partnership for Strong Families spokesperson Jenn Petion explains.
As part of the settlement, the families have agreed to not sue the state or its contractors for wrongful death among other complaints.
DCF will pay $450,000, Partnership for Strong Families will pay $250,000 and Deverux $50,000.
The incident prompted DCF to retrain the staff at their Chiefland office and 1,600 investigators statewide.
TV20 reached out to DCF for comment, they referred us to a statement that was made last year which explained how officials would review improvements to better protect children.