Parkland shooting survivors took legal action against the county sheriff’s office and school administration in Florida for failing to protect them.
Two Parkland shooting survivors plan to sue the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI, the Broward County School Board and others, reported the New York Post. The students separately sent letters on Monday and Tuesday to inform officials of their legal intent.
“The failure of Broward County Public Schools and of the Principal and School Resource officer to adequately protect students, and in particular our client, from life-threatening harm, were unreasonable, callous and negligent,” wrote Alex Arreza, a lawyer for student Anthony Borges.
Borges, 15, is currently recovering in the hospital after courageously protecting his peers when gunman Nikolas Cruz started shooting on Feb. 14, reported the Sun-Sentinal. The other student taking legal action, Kyle Laman, also 15, was trapped outside a classroom when Cruz started firing. Laman was released from the hospital March 1.
“Kyle is still dealing with memories of the terror he felt when his classroom was locked and he was stuck in the hallway during the shooting,” said a spokesman for The Berman Law Group, the firm representing Laman. “The teacher couldn’t get the door open fast enough. Everyone was running scared. Kyle looked at the gunman staring right back at him, and instinctively jumped for cover.”
The FBI is facing criticism for receiving a tip about Cruz on Jan. 5 but failing to act, reported CNN. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel is also facing criticism for his actions during the shooting. School resource officer Scot Peterson resigned after not going into the high school to stop the shooting, reported the Miami Herald.
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