About Alex

Alex Schachter was a special little boy. He was happy and always smiling. He loved sports. Whether it was playing basketball and football or watching his favorite teams the New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox and Boston Celtics he was always ready to talk smack with his friends. His tenacious defense led to several championships on the basketball court. He worshipped his big brother Ryan. He used to let his little sister Avery play with his hair and give him massages so she could hang out with him and his friends. He used to bond with his older sister Morgan over their love of Japanese TV shows. Alex’s love of music was constant throughout middle and high school. He followed in his grandfather’s footsteps and played the trombone in middle and high school. His hard work and dedication paid off when his band, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Eagle Regiment Marching Band became state champions several months before his passing. His family founded SafeSchoolsForAlex. org in his honor to protect all children and teachers. Alex is loved and missed every day.

“Alex was a sweet and loving boy. As a freshman, Alex loved the marching band and played the trombone and baritone in the Eagle Regiment Marching band – the top marching band in the state of Florida. He will always be remembered and forever in our hearts.”

Our Mission

To provide the most current school safety best practices and resources to students, parents, school districts and law enforcement so that all children can learn in a safe environment.

About Max Schachter

Max Schachter

Founder and Executive Director

  • Safe School Advocate
  • Corporate and Governmental Advisor
  • Inspirational & Entrepreneurial Speaker
    “From Anguish to Advocacy”

Max Schachter is a national school safety advocate. His son Alex is one of the 17 victims murdered  in the Parkland school shooting on Valentine’s Day 2018. Max is the founder and executive director of Safe Schools for Alex 501(c)(3). Their mission is to provide most current school safety best practices and resources to students, parents, school districts and law enforcement so that all children can learn in a safe environment.  

Since the heartbreaking day that changed Max’s life forever, he has been advocating for policy  change at the highest levels of the United States government. He has worked alongside members of  congress, leaders of all major federal agencies, and Presidents of the United States to make schools  safer. Max has testified as a subject matter expert before the United States House and Senate and multiple state legislatures. In August 2018 he advocated for the creation of a federal agency to house national school safety best practices. In June 2019, Max’s vision became a reality when President  Trump created the Federal School Safety Clearinghouse at SchoolSafety.gov. In July 2022 Max attended the White House ceremony where President Biden announced the most significant gun safety legislation in 27 years, the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which made SchoolSafety.gov  permanent and law. 

Max has also worked to improve the safety and security of Florida’s 2.4 million students through his appointment to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas (MSD) High School Public Safety Commission. The  MSD commission, established by former Governor Rick Scott, was tasked with leading the statewide investigation into the Parkland school shooting and developing recommendations to protect Florida’s children. 

Max has advised the Federal Bureau of Investigation Behavioral Threat Assessment Center, the U.S.  Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center, and the Ohio Attorney General’s Office on threat assessment policies and procedures. He is a member of the National Sheriffs’ Association School  Safety and Security Committee and the International Association of Chiefs of Police Mass Violence  Peer-to-Peer Advisory Team. In June 2019, Max was awarded the U.S. Department of Justice  Attorney General Citizen Volunteer Service Award by Attorney General William Barr. 

Max has been interviewed by many local and national media outlets including CNN, MSNBC, Fox,  ABC, NBC, CBS, and Dr. Phil. He has given keynote presentations to many school districts, law  enforcement organizations, and local, state, and federal agencies detailing the lessons learned and best practices developed in the aftermath of the Parkland school shooting along with his journey from anguish to advocacy.

About MSD Shooting

Congressmen Ted Deutch (D-FL), Max Schachter, and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) announce the launch of SchoolSafety.gov

Life Is Like a Rollercoaster

A poem by: Alex Schachter

Life is like a roller coaster It has some ups and downs Sometimes you can take it slow or very fast It maybe hard to breath at times But you have to push yourself and keep going Your bar is your safety It’s like your family and friends You hold on tight and you don’t let go But sometimes you might throw your hands up Because your friends and family will always be with you Just like that bar keeping you safe at all times It maybe too much for you at times: the twists, the turns, the upside downs But you get back up You keep chugging along Eventually it comes to a stop You won’t know when or how But you will know that’ll be time to get off and start a new Life is like a roller coaster

Sung by: Sawyer Garrity and Andrea Pena Produced by: Duncan Sheik

Alex loved roller coasters and wrote “Life is Like a Roller coaster” shortly before his passing. Alex’s dad Max stated, “He wasn’t writing about his life, and had no idea that his poem would become his future.”


Safe Schools for Alex 501(c)(3). Their mission is to provide most current school safety best practices and resources to students, parents...