Robert Kraft Provides Patriots Plane For Parkland, Fla., Students, Families

Kraft used the Patriots private plane to fly the families of the 17 victims and other injured students of the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., to Washington participate in the "March for Our Lives" rally against gun violence on Saturday, according to a team spokesperson. Kraft purportedly made a decision to lend the plane after he was contacted by former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, who founded a gun violence prevention group after Giffords was shot in the head by a gunman in 2011.

Kelly and his wife founded 'Giffords, ' a gun violence prevention organization after Giffords survived being shot in the head during a 2011 event in Arizona.

Giffords' husband Kelly shared this about the students from Florida who wanted to make their way to Washington for the Saturday march.

He added, "This is not fair that they have to deal with something like this at their age". He was not aware of any Patriots players on the flight.

The plane flew out of Fort Lauderdale on Thursday, and the Pats spokesperson said they will be transported back to Florida after the march. Kraft was not with them.

"No report other than they took off and everyone was happy", James told the newspaper.

The Patriots purchased their new team plane - a Boeing 767 - a year ago.

Earlier in the week, some of the more outspoken Parkland students participated in a panel at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government about gun-control.

More than 800 "March for Our Lives" protests are expected to occur worldwide as demand to reform gun laws reaches new heights.

  • Delores Daniels