‘Not one NRA member named?’ Parkland students file lawsuit against Broward school & law officials

Fifteen student survivors of the Valentine’s Day shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Broward County and several public officials, including Sheriff Scott Israel, the school’s resource officer Scot Peterson, and school superintendent Robert Runcie.

None of the plaintiffs were shot, but they are seeking unspecified monetary damages for the psychological trauma they allegedly suffered as a result of the Broward County officials’ collective negligence and actions.

Sheriff Scott Israel is a Hillary Clinton super-fan who’s demanding stricter gun-control laws. (Twitter)
Sheriff Scott Israel is a Hillary Clinton super-fan who’s demanding stricter gun-control laws. (Twitter)

The lawsuit claims that school officials and law enforcement knew the school was being targeted by gunman Nikolas Cruz but failed to take proper action to prevent the shooting, which left 17 people dead.

Noticeably absent as a defendant is the NRA, which became the target of national outrage after the shooting even though Cruz was not a member of the National Rifle Association.

The reason why the NRA is not a defendant is because the plaintiffs know they have no case against the organization, despite the manufactured anti-NRA media outrage.

Also curiously absent as a plaintiff is David Hogg, whom the mainstream media groomed as their anti-Second Amendment spokesman following the massacre.

After the shooting, Hogg gleefully launched numerous protests against the NRA and even unsuccessfully called for a boycott of Florida tourism until stricter gun laws are passed.

The lawsuit alleges that the high school’s security officer, Scot Peterson, failed to protect the students when the shooting occurred, and didn’t even bother to go inside the school to confront the shooter.

Peterson was the only person on the school grounds with a gun when the massacre unfolded.

“His job duties required him to run towards danger at risk of life and limb, and not to run away from danger for the sole purpose of sole-preservation,” the complaint alleges. “His arbitrary and conscience-shocking actions and inactions directly and predictably caused children to die, get injured, and get traumatized.”

Scot Peterson refused to go inside the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when the shooting unfolded.
Scot Peterson refused to go inside the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when the shooting unfolded.

As BizPac Review previously reported, the public was stunned after learning that deputies with the Broward Country Sheriff’s Office were ordered not to enter Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School while students were being slaughtered inside by gunman Nikolas Cruz.

Interestingly, one of the causes of action in the lawsuit is alleged violation of students’ Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable searches and seizures. The plaintiffs claimed that school security officer Scot Peterson conducted illegal searches and seizures when he checked the students’ backpacks during the shooting.

The Twitter reaction to the lawsuit was interesting. Fox.com writer Stephen Miller sarcastically noted, “This can’t be right. Not a single NRA member was named in the lawsuit.”

Hunter Pollack, whose 18-year-old sister Meadow Pollack died in the shooting, demanded the firing of Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie.

Kenneth Preston, a student at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, explained the lawsuit in a series of tweets. Preston is not a party to the lawsuit.

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Samantha Chang

Samantha Chang

Samantha Chang is a politics/lifestyle writer and a financial editor. She is a law school graduate and an alum of the University of Pennsylvania. You can find her on Twitter at @Samantha_Chang.
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