Looking back on it, James and Kimberly Snead say they never should have provided refuge to a disturbed teenager who later slaughtered 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
They should not have let him bring guns into their home. They should not have ignored the warnings of people who knew him better.
They should have believed what they were told: that he was homicidal, untrustworthy and infatuated with firearms.
“We thought we could handle this troubled young man, unfortunately, we were wrong,” they say in a public apology revealed Tuesday. “We were particularly wrong to allow him to store his firearms in our house, including the AR-15 used in this tragedy.”
The letter is part of a legal agreement that settles a slew of negligence suits filed in civil court against the Sneads in connection with the 2018 tragedy.
The settlement also calls for them to pay $1