Why Butler High School in Butler, Ohio is hosting a fundraiser to help the families of students who died in the Pulse nightclub attack
Butler, OH— A few years ago, the students of Butler High Schools first high school in western Ohio had a good chance of becoming one of the first schools in the state to become the first in the country to host a vigil for the Pulse shooting victims.
The school, which sits on a former steel mill that once employed tens of thousands of workers, had hosted a candlelight vigil for victims of the Pulse attack in 2016, but as students returned to school, the school had become a target of gun violence.
One year after the vigil, students from the school started a petition drive to create a scholarship fund for the families.
Students were able to raise nearly $400,000 in one month, but the school has not been able to reach out to the families, said David Cappello, the principal of Butler.
The Butler Police Department, the county sheriff’s office and the FBI have all been contacted by families, but officials have not responded, Cappell said.
After the petition drive began, Capps’ wife and son were forced to move to California, but they were able by some unexpected circumstances to remain in the home they shared with their parents.
“They have been trying to find a way to stay here, but it has become increasingly difficult,” he said.
“They have gone to other cities, but no one has really given them the chance.”
The families have been unable to find permanent housing, but have been told that they can apply for a tax credit, Caperill said.
But, according to Cappells wife, they have not been given any assistance.
He said he hopes to reach a resolution with the Butler School District as soon as possible.
Despite the fact that the students have not received any financial assistance, Capperill said he has a message for the school district: “I don’t want to give up on them.
I want to help them.
But I don’t know what else to do.”
Capperill added that he is planning to meet with the school principal to discuss the matter, but that the school must be able to pay for the scholarship fund.
Cappello said he believes that the district has not given the families adequate information about the scholarship.
In addition to the scholarship, the Butler High schools principal is also asking for support for students who are considering suicide.
According to Capperills wife, the police department and the county prosecutor’s office are working with Butler police to determine if any students who attended Butler this fall have committed suicide.
The Butler County Sheriff’s Office has not responded to a request for comment.
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