New Lawsuit Filed in Mass Shooting at Michigan School Flowers and stuffed bears rest on a makeshift memorial outside of Oxford High School on Dec. 1 in Oxford, Michigan. (Scott Olsen/Getty Images)
MIKE HOUSEHOLDER and COREY WILLIAMS Thursday, 27 January 2022 11:28 AM
A new lawsuit was filed in Michigan Thursday over the shooting at Oxford High School that killed four students and wounded six other students and a teacher.
The lawsuit was announced by Detroit-area attorney Ven Johnson on behalf of the parents of Tate Myer, who was slain Nov. 30, and other students who witnessed the shootings.
The lawsuit names Oxford High School's dean of students, two counselors and three teachers as defendants. The shooting suspect and his parents also are named as defendants.
The Associated Press sent an email Thursday morning seeking comment from the school district.
The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Oakland County Circuit Court on behalf of Tate Myer's parents, William and Sheri. Also named as plaintiffs are Chad and Meghan Gregory, whose son, Keegan, was hiding in a school bathroom with Justin Shilling when Shilling was fatally shot.
The lawsuit also was filed on behalf of Lauren Aliano, whose daughters, Sophia Kempen and Grace Kempen, were hiding in classrooms during the shooting.
A fellow student, Ethan Crumbley, 15, is charged as an adult with murder and other crimes. His parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley, later were charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Prosecutors have said the gun used in the shooting was bought days before by James Crumbley and their son had full access to it.
The school, in Oakland County, is about 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of Detroit. It reopened Monday with its interior renovated since the shooting.
In December, Jeffrey and Brandi Franz filed a pair of lawsuits in federal court and county circuit court seeking $100 million each against the district. Their 17-year-old daughter, Riley, was shot in the neck. Her 14-year-old sister, Bella, a ninth grader, was next to her at the time she was shot.
Their lawsuit says school officials and high school staff didn't do enough to prevent the shooting and protect students.