BATON ROUGE, Louisiana. The wake of devastation that follows school shootings is wide. Families are shattered. Children’s lives are changed forever by trauma. Some children die. Victims leave with sometimes permanent scars and injuries. As lawmakers continue to fail to act, some families are taking it upon themselves to seek justice. According to the New York Post, Parkland, Florida parents and students began pursuing lawsuits against the FBI, the Broward County School Board, and the Broward County Sheriff’s Office after the shooting.
Parents and students claim that each of these groups was charged with keeping students safe, but the groups’ failure to act led to devastating deaths and injuries. What responsibilities do schools and local law enforcement have, when it comes to protecting students? Sometimes schools may fail to see warning signs or alert authorities when troubled students make threats or act out. Students may report fellow peers when they see bullying or warning signs, but their reports may go unheeded. In the case the Parkland shooting, reports indicate that the school’s resource officer failed to do his job during the shooting. Students also report that they had expressed concern about the student who went on to commit the shooting. Students are suing for negligence. Others have suffered life-altering injuries and are suing for medical costs and rehabilitation fees.
Now, in Texas, at least ten more students are dead after another shooting. Initial reports by the New York Times suggest that this shooting is especially troubling because school officials did not note any red flags from the student who went on to commit the crime. It isn’t clear whether school officials failed to notice red flags, or if this is a unique case. When students were asked to describe the shooter, they claim that he seemed like a “nice kid.”
Students describe confusion when the first shots were fired. The school was locked down after the shooting began.
President Trump spoke from the White House, saying that the administration would do everything it could to protect students and schools, but critics worry that the administration will not take action given the fact that the same rhetoric was used after the Parkland shooting in Florida.
Given the lack of action from government officials, some parents are students are fighting back on their own using the civil courts, seeking compensation from school boards, police agencies, and any other negligent parties. In the aftermath of a school shooting, parents who owned the guns or who gave their children access to the guns could also potentially be held liable.
Miller, Hampton, & Hilgendorf are personal injury lawyers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who mourn with the country as yet more families are shattered by yet another national tragedy. Our firm stands beside victims and familieAs. We understand how devastating a sudden and catastrophic injury can be. If you have been injured due to gun violence or due to the negligence of another person or party, consider speaking to our personal injury lawyers today at https://www.mlhlaw.com/practice-areas/personal-injury/.

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