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Pearl Jam Dedicates Debut Song to School Shooting Survivors

Pearl Jam Dedicates ‘Can’t Deny Me’ to Survivors of the School Shooting in Parkland, Florida and Students Participating in the National School Walkout

On the eve of the National School Walkout, Pearl Jam chose to dedicate their debut song to survivors of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and students participating in the walkout the following day. Rolling Stone reports :

Performing at MoviStar Arena on Tuesday, Eddie Vedder addressed the crowd in Spanish. “This is dedicated to the incredible students in Florida, and the United States, who survived a terrible tragedy. We will all be protesting tomorrow throughout the United States,” Vedder said before honoring one of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s most vocal students. “We support you all, and Emma Gonzalez, we love you. We’d like to play this for them, and us.”

On Wednesday, students across America exited their respective schools at 10 a.m. local time for 17 minutes to show solidarity with the 17 victims of the Stoneman Douglas shooting as well as protest the government’s inaction to curb gun violence and prevent future school shootings.

Listen to the performance, and access the full article here.

The Fierberg National Law Group and School Violence Law applaud Pearl Jam for supporting survivors of school shootings and students participating in the National School Walkout. Our lawyers negotiated the historic settlements for the wrongful deaths and injured survivors of the Virginia Tech Massacre, which valued in excess of $11 Million.  The settlements established a foundation in their honor that continues to advocate for safe schools and gun control, which we continue to represent.

Parents of Andrew Coffey Push for New Hazing Law

Andrew Coffey’s Parents Push for New Hazing Law after Death of FSU Pledge

The dangers of hazing and excessive drinking are becoming increasingly more apparent. The parents of Andrew Coffey, who lost their son due to alcohol poisoning after a fraternity party, are pushing to make hazing a federal crime. CBS reports:

In a story you’ll see only on “CBS This Morning,” we hear from the parents of Florida State University student Andrew Coffey, who police say died from alcohol poisoning after a fraternity party. Parents Tom and Sandra Coffey are pushing for a new law against hazing.

“If this can go to Washington, D.C., it could be the Andrew Coffey Law. Is that something you’d like to see?” CBS News correspondent Tony Dokoupil asked them.

“Yes. Yes,” Tom said

“Yeah. Yeah, can’t be for nothing. I mean, I don’t—” Sandra said.

“Yeah, he can’t have died for nothing,” Tom said.

“No,” Sandra said.

“There has to be purpose,” Tom added. “And if people in the past had gotten together, maybe my son would still be here. … It just can’t go on. It can’t go on anymore.”

The Coffeys tell us how they’re trying to save lives by making hazing a federal crime.

Watch Tuesday, March 13, 2018, on “CBS This Morning,” which airs from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET/PT. 

The Fierberg National Law Group and School Violence Law, a team of lawyers experienced in defending victims and families affected by fraternity hazing deaths and injury, extend their sincere condolences to the family and friends of Andrew Coffey.