Speaking Out



October 21, 2020

Where There Is Despair, Hope

April shared here reflections as part of the Saint Francis project hosted by the National Cathedral in Washington DC. 

September 21, 2020

What Parents Should Know About Firearm Suicide

April author's an op-ed that discusses the threat unsecured firearms pose to students learning from home due to COVID restrictions and advocates for safe-storage or firearms at home. 

August 31, 2020

Federal Court Say FBI Owed Carmen a Duty

A federal judge ruled that the FBI owed Carmen a duty to act on tips that were provided to the FBI Public Access Line (PAL).  

February 14, 2020

Wishing Carmen Would Come Home ...

April publishes an op-ed in the Sun Sentinel. 

February 14, 2020

A Few Extra Seconds Could Have Saved Carmen's Life

April explains why she supports restriction on high capacity gun magazines.  

February 13, 2020

April Attends the Premier of Voices of Parkland

April attends the premier of Voices of Parkland and participates in a panel discussion. 

February 11, 2020

April Share 5 Questions Every Parent Should Ask

April co-wrote an op-ed in Education Week with other Stand With Parkland members on the need for every parent to ask their child's teacher and principal 5 important questions. Learn more about the 5 Questions here: https://www.standwithparkland.org/five-questions

February 10, 2020

April Goes Back to Washington to Push for Change

April joins other Stand With Parkland members in a trip to Washington D.C. to press the President and lawmakers for change. 

January 20, 2020

April Lobbies Lawmakers in Olympia

April lobbies for change in the state of Washington. 

August 09, 2019

April Talks about Leaving Broken Broward County

A year-and-a-half after 17 students and faculty were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, two grieving families with a shared sense of distrust for their old home have reached the same conclusion, Broward County is fatally broken and isn’t home any more.

July 16, 2019

Gun Violence and Public Health

April speaks about gun violence prevention (GVP) at a summit in Seattle. 

Additional interview below:


June 28, 2019

Filing Suite Against the FBI

Phil and April filed a lawsuit against the FBI for failing to investigate the tips received by the FBI Hotline. They believe both tips had sufficient information to have stopped the murder of their beloved Carmen.

April 17, 2019

Working With Everyone, Bobby Builds Consensus

“I like to tell people the NRA has actually brought up some pretty good ideas," Schentrup said. "They actually come to the table with more than 'no, we don't like this.' They come to the table with specific concerns. ... And they come with specific solutions." 

April 07, 2020

Robert Writes an Op-Ed in the Colorado Sun Supporting Colorado's ERPO Law

Robert advocates for the governor of Colorado to sign ERPO legislation that was passed by the Colorado legislature in the Colorado Sun.

April 04, 2019

Robert Launches ZeroUSA

Robert launches ZeroUSA with support from the Rise Social Justice Incubator. Rise is mentoring the leaders in ZeroUSA to pass ERPO legislation in all 50 states. Rise founder Amanda Nguyen has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and funding for the Social Justice Incubator comes from Chang Zuckerberg and Bill and Melinda Gates foundations. 

Here are some links to the announcements:

February 14, 2019

Phil and April Talk to Kiro 7 News in Seattle

Phil and April talk to Amy Clancy a year after Carmen's murder about the tragedy and the struggles afterwards.

February 14, 2019

A Year of Reporting by the SunSentinel

The murder of 17 students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High on Valentine's Day 2018 has been called the United States' most preventable school shooting. In coverage launched the day of the massacre and sustained through the year, the South Florida Sun Sentinel showed why.

February 13, 2019

Fighting for Answers

Gabby Deutch writes, "losing their daughter was excruciating; trying to find out why she died has been a nightmare.".

February 11, 2019

Interview with NPR's Melissa Block

Phil and April talk with Melissa about life a year after Carmen's murder and their involvement in Stand With Parkland - The National Association of Families for Safe Schools. 

January 31, 2019

Robert Continues His Advocacy

Robert spoke during a forum on gun violence hosted by the Brady Campaign.

November 29, 2018

Hide, Deny, Spin, Threaten: How the School District Tried to Mask Failures that Led to Parkland Shooting

Phil and April work with local reporters from the Sun-Sentinel to shine a light on the Broward County School Board. Great job by the team of reporters at the Sun-Sentinel!

October 26, 2018

A Family United

Voice of America outlines the activities of Bobby, Evelyn, April and Phil after the massacre at MSD as part of a series they did on the tragedy and its aftermath. 

October 23, 2018

Local Newspapers Join Fight

Both local newspapers join Phil and April in the fight to compel the Broward Sheriffs Office and the School Board of Broward County to release public information. 

September 19, 2019

Phil and April Fight for the Truth

Phil and April file suit, along with the Polluck family, to force the Broward Sheriffs Office and Broward County School Board to abide by the law and fulfill their obligations to provide public information concerning the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. 

July 24, 2018

Phil Demands Action from Broward County School Board

Phil goes in front of the school board to demand action and accountability for the failings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas. 

Watch a video of Phil's remarks: School Board Meeting (scroll to 2:16:53)

News story by local CBS affiliate: MSD Investigation Begins

News story by local ABC affiliate: Back to School Update

Article in Sun-Sentinel: Wexler Investigation

July 08, 2018

April and Phil Provide Public Witness

April and Phil spoke at a rally in Austin hosted by Bishops United Against Gun Violence. The couple spoke about how Carmen's murder affected them and the need for the action. 

Watch a short compilation video here: https://youtu.be/gjuM3kDz0MA

Read Phil's full remarks here.

Read April's full remarks here.

July 07, 2018

April Addresses the House of Deputies of the Episcopal General Convention

April was invited to address the House of Deputies at the Episcopal General Convention. April shared her experience and called the deputies to action. 

July 07, 2018

Phil Addresses the House of Bishops of the Episcopal General Convention

Phil shares a small part of Carmen's story with the bishops of the Episcopal Church and asks for their continued support for reducing gun violence in our country. 

Article by the Episcopal News Service:


June 28, 2018

Launching Stand With Parkland

Phil and April launch Stand with Parkland along with the 16 other families who lost loved ones in the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. 

NBC6 Miami 

MSD Families Launch ‘Stand with Parkland’



CBS4 Miami 

‘Stand With Parkland’ Wants Conversation, Compromise For Safer Schools



Rolling Stone

The Parkland Parents Are Not Backing Down



USA TODAY (Gannett)

The families of Parkland are hoping to start a civil discussion about ending school violence




Parkland families call for compromise and conversation in addressing gun violence




Parents of Parkland shooting victims unite for safer schools

Stand With Parkland says it wants sensible firearms and mental health policies for the nation's children.



Sun Sentinel

'Stand with Parkland' bands together families who lost loved ones at Stoneman Douglas High



The Hill

Parkland families launch new advocacy group



Washington Post (Associated Press)

Florida families form advocacy group ‘Stand With Parkland’




Relatives of Parkland victims launch school safety group



Seattle Times 

Florida families form advocacy group ‘Stand With Parkland’



Mother Jones

Parkland Families Push to End School Violence With New Advocacy Group

Stand With Parkland will push for universal background checks.



Houston Chronicle (AP)

Florida families form advocacy group 'Stand With Parkland'




What Is Stand With Parkland? Marjory Stoneman Parents Have Launched A Brand New Organization


June 04, 2018

April works with the Broward League of Cities to Push for Better School Security

April working with Max and mayors from across the county to make school safer.

June 04, 2018

WLRN Story about April's Problems with the School Board

Quick story by WLRN on April's issues with the School Board and her desire to fight to make schools safer for all children. 

May 24, 2018

Gun Violence Effects Us All

Robert works with Team Enough to highlight the effects gun violence has on our broader communities, especially minority communities. 

May 22, 2018

We Must Have Action!

Philip Schentrup, whose daughter Carmen was murdered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, speaks out against the inaction and ineptitude of the School Board of Broward County's response to his daughter murder. 

Additional links:

Read Phil's full statement here.

May 22, 2018

April Speaks Out about School Board

April speaks out against mistreatment by her employer, the School Board of Broward County and its superintendent Robert Runcie.

Additional links:

Read April's full statement here.

Read article from Sun-Sentinel here

May 21, 2018

Robert Helps to Launch 'Team ENOUGH'

Student leaders from Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Sandy Hook, Columbine, and neighborhoods impacted by gun violence across the country have joined together to form Team ENOUGH. This new youth-led group will focus on student engagement on the issue of gun violence prevention and ways to continue momentum for change, including voter education, community empowerment, and advocacy. Team ENOUGH will convene individual leaders and other youth-focused organizations on a national platform.

May 12, 2018

Parkland Moms Lead "Shop-In" at Dick's Sporting Goods and Walmart

April and the other moms and wives of those lost at MSD discuss their #ShopInForMoms initiative to support business that have acted to support sensible gun sales policies.


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May 12, 2018

A Tragic Mother's Day

April and the moms of other MSD victims talk about what Mother's Day 2018 will be like. 

May 08, 2018

Trump Ignores Victims Families

Article outlines how President Trump, or anyone in his administration, has failed to reach out to the majority of families whose loved ones were murdered at MSD. 

May 04, 2018

Preparing for prom at Stoneman Douglas

April discusses her feelings as Carmen's friends get ready for prom. 

April 22, 2018

Parents' Tears for Carmen 'Part of Our Daily Routine'

Phil and April speak with Micheal Mayo of the SunSentinel on life since Carmen's murder. 

April 20, 2018

MSD Orchestra Plays Tribute for Carmen

The MSD orchestra plays a tribute for Carmen at the Hollywood Arts Park. 

April 18, 2018

National School Safety Forum with Senators Rubio and Nelson (Video)

Phil attended and spoke at the National School Safety Forum in DC.

April 18, 2018

National School Safety Forum with Senators Rubio and Nelson (Print)

Phil and others speak up for common sense improvements to school safety and accountability of government agencies and individuals. 

April 08, 2018

Robert's Take on School Hardening

Robert shares his thoughts on initiatives focused on hardening our schools. 

March 31, 2018

Interview with Carolina Connection

Robert speaks with the Carolina Connection about his sister, Carmen, and his advocacy for common sense, bi-partisan changes to gun laws. 

March 29, 2018

Robert Speaks at UNC

Robert speaks out for common sense changes to gun laws at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Robert's speech begins around time 44:50 in the video. 

March 25, 2018

Inteview with Carmen's Friend Zac

Carmen's friend Zac and Phil talk about Carmen in an article done by the University of Florida school newspaper, The Independent Florida Alligator. Phil and April cried happy, but painful, tears after reading this article.

March 23, 2018

April Speaking at the National Cathedral

April speaks about Carmen and the need for action at the National Cathedral in Washington DC.

March 15, 2018

After Daughter's 'Unimaginable' Death, Parkland Family Moved To Action

Phil, April, Robert, and Evelyn talking with Melissa Block from NPR.

March 07, 2018

Episcopal Bishops Act

The bishops of the Episcopal Church act in response to the letter written by Phil and April.

March 06, 2018

Letter to the Episcopal House of Bishops

Phil and April wrote a letter to Episcopal House of Bishops that was read into the record by the Bishop of Southeast Florida, Bishop Peter Eaton. 

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