Two lawsuits targeting $ 100 million each have been filed against a Michigan school district, its superintendent, principal and others after four students were shot and injured at Oxford High School, announced Thursday a lawyer.
The lawsuits were filed in federal court in Detroit, lawyer Geoffrey Fieger said Thursday. They were filed on behalf of a student who was shot in the neck and injured in the November 30 shooting and her sister, who was next to her at the time of the shooting.
The Oxford Community School District Superintendent Timothy Throne, Oxford High School Principal Steven Wolf, Dean of Students, two counselors, two teachers and a staff member are named in the lawsuits.
The Associated Press sent an email Thursday seeking comment from the district.
Ten students and a teacher were shot dead at the Oxford Township school, about 50 kilometers north of Detroit.
Ethan Crumbley, a 15-year-old sophomore at the school, was arrested at school and charged as an adult with murder, terrorism and other crimes. His parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley, were later charged with manslaughter and arrested.
Personal injury attorneys have expressed doubts the school district can be successfully prosecuted for letting Crumbley stay in school. This is because Michigan law sets the bar high to wrest liability from public schools and other branches of government.
“You have to show that the administration or the faculty members were grossly negligent, which means that they did not take into account that an injury was likely to occur,” said lawyer A. Vince Colella.
The weapon used in the shooting had been purchased days earlier by James Crumbley and their son had full access to the weapon used in the murders, prosecutors said.
The morning before shooting school officials met Ethan Crumbley and his parents after a teacher found a drawing of a gun, bullet, and a person who appeared to have been shot, as well as messages stating “My life is useless” and “The world is dead.”
The Crumbleys “categorically refused” to bring their son home, Throne said.
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