Parkland Father Mitch Dworet shared how gun violence has altered his entire future.
“I’m a broken man, so to speak. My kids were in a war zone in their school,” he stated. “What is it gonna take? So it’s not gonna happen again? Oh, no, it won’t happen again. You’re gonna take that kind of approach to this as a parent in America today? Then you’re being really foolish.”
Dworet’s 17-year-old son Nicholas died on February 14, 2018 in the school shooting that claimed 16 other lives and shocked the nation. He was just one month away from turning 18.
“A lot of the talks I had with Nick about just different things, I miss that. I really miss that,” he said. “Because he was becoming my friends as opposed to me son.”
Nick got a scholarship to swim at the University on Indianapolis and he had plans to swim for Sweden in the 2020 Olympics.
“He’s a kid that has such a bright future and was ready to contribute to our society,” said Dworet. “And this is a problem here that he was taken this way in a mass shooting in a school.”
Nick’s family now helps run different swimming scholarship programs including Swim 4 Nick, to keep his legacy alive while also trying to move forward.