This actually took longer than we expected. “More than a dozen students who survived the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have filed a civil rights lawsuit alleging that numerous officials failed to stop the Valentine’s Day massacre at their school.”
Gee, you mean all the people in charge, both leading up to and on the day of the shooting? Why yes.
The lawsuit names Broward County, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie, Broward County sheriff’s deputy and school resource officer Scot Peterson, Capt. Jan Jordan with the Broward Couty Sheriff’s Department and school security monitor Andrew Medina among the defendants. It alleges various civil rights violations under the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments that caused “severe psychological injury and trauma” related to the Feb. 14 mass shooting that left 17 students and faculty members dead.
As has been chronicled here and throughout the media since the Stoneman Douglas shooting, the handling of the clearly troubled, sometimes violent shooter by the school, the district, the Broward County Sheriff’s Department and even the FBI was a bureaucratic sh!tshow of historic proportions. One that resulted in seventeen dead bodies.
But somehow the NRA was allegedly to blame. The fact that the plaintiffs’ attorneys failed to name the NRA in the suit must have been an oversight.
According to the suit, Runcie and Israel were “both well aware of the potential danger [suspect Nikolas Cruz] posed to the school and its students and faculty, yet they did nothing meaningful to enhance security from this known threat.”
Plaintiffs claim that Peterson, Jordan and Medina’s actions and inactions during the course of their response to the shooting directly led to the death, injury and traumatizing of children, and they blame the county for a lack of training and preventative policies that could have stopped the shooting.
And this suit was filed by “more than a dozen” survivors. Stoneman Douglas High School has over 3,000 students. Look for a lot more of this in the not-too-distant future.