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Father on mission to honor his daughter through a playground and increased school safety



PARKLAND, Fla. (CBS 12) — It’s been one month since Andrew Pollack lost his daughter Meadow, a Senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

“They murdered my kid on Valentine’s day. That’s what I’m going to remember forever and just about every day,” said Pollack.

Pollack is still struggling with the reality that Meadow is never coming home.

“I can tell you that I feel like she’s still going to come walking through the door. The whole thing seems like a dream to everybody that’s around me,” said Pollack. “No one can believe that we’re never going to see her again.”

He said every day since Meadow has been gone has been a challenge

“I miss her company. There’s not a second that goes by that I’m not thinking about her,” said Pollack.

He still can’t help but think of all the things she’ll never accomplish.

“She was going to graduate this year. She was a senior and she was going to be enrolled in Lynn University,” said Pollack. “She had inspirations of becoming an attorney.”

Meadow and 16 other victims had their futures ripped away from them when a gunman stormed into Stoneman Douglas High School.

While the state is seeking the death penalty, Pollack believes death by lethal injection wouldn’t be enough.

“Death by lethal injection is not even painful enough. Let him sit and rot in prison,” said Pollack.

Since the shooting, Pollack has kept busy.

He said he is dedicating his life to making schools safer.

“If I have to go around and check every school, I’ll check every school,” said Pollack.

Pollack worked with Governor Rick Scott to help pass a bill that would make schools safer in Florida, but he wants every parent across the nation to know that when they send their kids to school, they’re safe.

“I’m making arrangements to meet every single Governor in the country and I’m going to bring it to them,” said Pollack. “I’m not going to let them just say wait for another shooting. I’m going to put it on them.”

When Pollack’s not busy working on those plans he’s working on plans for Meadow’s Playground.

He said to him a playground is more peaceful than a cemetery and a place he can go to remember his daughter.

“I’ll be able to go there and think about my daughter when she was that age and think about her and watch all the other kids having a good time,” said Pollack.

He said his daughter would’ve loved it.

“For my daughter, the sky is the limit, because she was my princess,” said Pollack.

Pollack is also planning a motorcycle ride for Meadow to raise money for the playground.

It’s coming up on March 31st.

It will begin at Harley Davidson in West Palm Beach and ride to Meadow's father's house in Coral Springs. Learn more here.

You can learn more about Meadow’s Movement by visiting www.meadowsmovement.com.

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