Michigan school officials defend actions before mass shooting as ‘prudent, appropriate and legal’


Officials from a Michigan school district where four students died in a mass shooting in November deny any wrongdoing on the day of the incident in response to a lawsuit from the victims, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Two months after the fatal shooting, in which six pupils and a teacher were injured, Oxford school officials say they are not responsible for what happened.

In a filing released on Friday, Oxford schools lawyer Timothy Mullins wrote that school employees were “thoughtful, careful, proper and lawful” in their handling of the situation.

“The defendants deny that they failed in their duty and further deny that they were negligent in any way,” Mullins wrote.

The filing is the Oxford School District’s first official response to a lawsuit filed by a lawyer Geoffrey Figer, who is seeking $100 million in damages on behalf of two sisters, one of whom was among the injured, notes the Detroit Free Press.

School officials “allowed the deranged and murderous student to return to class with a gun in his backpack, with more than 30 rounds in his backpack, despite knowing he posed a lethal threat,” Fieger wrote in a December filing.

Lawyers for shooter Ethan Crumbley have reported he will plead insanity to several counts, including murder. His parents, Jennifer and James Crumbley, have both been charged with four counts of manslaughter for making a firearm accessible to their son. The parents have pleaded not guilty to all charges.

According to the lawsuit, among the warning signs missed by school officials was a note from Crumbley on the day of the shooting depicting a semi-automatic rifle and the words “Thoughts won’t stop. Help -me.”

After his parents were called in for a meeting at school, Crumbley was allowed back into class, and quickly emerged from a bathroom and began shooting.


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