Chicago was his favorite band, and “25 Or 6 To 4” was his favorite song.
He played the trombone in the school marching band and was 14 years old.Alex Schachter was one of the first victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre in Parkland, Florida, earlier this year.To honor Alex, Chicago invited 1,000 students, their families, school administrators, etc. to their West Palm Beach concert on July 20 and dedicated this song to Alex.
After the tragedy, Alex’s father Max Schachter, quit his job so he could dedicate his life to making schools safe thru the foundation he created, Safe Schools For Alex. Max is currently developing national school safety best practices in conjunction with law enforcement. He intends to use these best practices to teach schools districts around the country how to protect themselves from future school shootings.
“No child has died in a school fire since 1958 due to our fire codes.” Max wants to do the same for schools by developing school safety best practices. He intends to create an environment where teachers can teach and children can learn without the fear of being killed in their classrooms. “After 9/11, we hardened our airports and our cockpits. After the Oklahoma City bombing, we hardened our federal buildings.” Max intends to use his national school safety best practices to assist all school districts in hardening their schools to make sure that all children and teachers are as safe and protected as our airports and federal buildings.
Pictured are: Max Schachter in the middle, bottom row, surrounded by Chicago, including original band members Jimmy Pankow to Max’s left, Robert Lamm to Max’s right (light blue shirt), and Lee Loughnane directly behind Max.
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