School officials facing $100 million lawsuit for deadly mistakes leading to HS shooting

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The attorney representing two of the victims of the Michigan high school shooting that rocked the nation is suing school district officials over the failure to keep the teens safe from their fellow student despite signs that he was clearly disturbed.

High profile lawyer Geoffrey Fieger filed two $100 million lawsuits on behalf of Jeffrey Franz and Brandi Franz, parents whose children survived the November 30 massacre when 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley opened fire at Oxford High School, killing four and injuring at least seven, a rampage that could have likely been prevented had school officials acted more decisively.

Citing Crumbley’s social media posts as evidence that he had a “murderous ideology,” the lawsuit states that “Previous to the November 30, 2021 incident, Ethan Crumbley posted countdowns and threats of bodily harm, including death, on his social media accounts, warning of violent tendencies and murderous ideology prior to actually coming to school with the handgun and ammunition to perpetuate the slaughter.”

On Thursday, Fieger appeared on Fox News to discuss the legal action with Martha MacCallum on “The Story,” putting the blame for the slaughter directly on the school which he says should have reacted more strongly after it was made aware of Crumbley’s erratic behavior and threats posted online.

After describing the injuries and trauma suffered by sisters Riley and Bella, Fieger responded to MacCallum’s question regarding comments made last week by Superintendent Tim Thorne, who is named in the lawsuit, that “no discipline was warranted” over the warning signs that his office was notified of, strongly disagreeing with him.

“It was recognized that he was drawing photographs of mayhem,” he said. “They were aware of posts on the internet indicating that he was intending to commit mayhem, he drew pictures, indicating that he was going to engage in a murderous rage, he said ‘Oxford High, here I come,’ and he had a gun and ammunition in his backpack.”

“They recognized it enough where they pulled him out of class, instead of calling the police liaison officer, they called his parents,” Fieger continued. “They told his parents to take him out of school, the parents refused so they said okay, he can stay here and go to class.

“Well, he simply went to the bathroom, loaded the thirty rounds of ammunition into his newly presented gun given to him by his parents and began slaughtering students,” he said. “There’s certainly responsibility here and it’s time that we stop giving lip service to all of this and hold people responsible.”

Fieger also blamed law-abiding gun owners, saying, “If we’re not going to hold the Second Amendment people responsible for gunning down our students over the last 20 years and we’re going to do nothing in that regard, let’s hold the other people responsible so it’s very painful to allow this type of slaughters to continue to happen.”

After further discussion of what the school officials knew about Crumbley and the difficulty in proving the case in court that the school was negligent, Fieger stated that the district officials are state employees and that the federal lawsuit was effectively an effort to prevent their insulation from liability by the state government.

“But in this case, when it was so obvious and the school officials were so aware of something that a normal person or reasonable person would consider a threat and having had him brought down to the principal’s office, the counselor’s office and recognizing that a threat was made,” he said, “seeing cartoons indicating a mass slaughter, calling the parents and saying he should be removed and have counseling but not calling the school liaison officer,” Fieger said, noting the “tragic mistake.”

“Instead, he went in a bathroom, loaded up for war and came out shooting and killed four, injured eight and traumatized that school forever and that’s only one in the last 300 shootings we’ve had in 20 years since Columbine,” he asserted.

While prosecutors have gone after Crumbley’s parents for the shooting, Fieger feels the school itself bears a large brunt of the responsibility and he is looking to hold them accountable.


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