The New England Patriots loaned its team plane to Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School students and their parents, and the parents of students who died in the February 14 shooting, so they could attend the March for our Lives rally Saturday in Washington. Parent Meredith Barry was with her daughter Isabela, a junior who hid in a closet during the shooting. Isabela's best friend, 17-year-old Helena Ramsay, was one of 17 people who died that day.
Barry said each seat was "like first class" with a gift and a message (shown below) from Patriots owner Robert Kraft. She said the flight crew provided "lots of hugs" and "lots of love" on the plane, where she described all the passengers as "like a giant family." The Patriots will use their team plane to fly the students back to Florida on Sunday.