In response to the horrific tragedy in Friday’s school shooting in Rosendale, Michigan, lawyers representing a family who said they had little interaction with the gunman are reportedly preparing a lawsuit against county and state officials.
According to The Associated Press, families of five of the victims are said to be considering lawsuits.
Larry Matheny, an attorney representing the victims’ families, said the families met with investigators to offer information about 20-year-old Nikolas Cruz, the suspect in the shooting, but said many details still remained unknown.
He said he suspects the gunman was on school grounds for “three to five hours,” a claim which has since been confirmed by the state’s attorney general.
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“I think the law in the state should be very much changed to keep the children away from these people,” Matheny said.
He said the children were left on campus to watch a fight in the student cafeteria, and that, if they’d been given an opportunity to leave, many would have.
Matheny said the victims were “there in good faith to just do school business.”
He said most people aren’t killed and injured at school “because of the buildings,” but rather because of how a person is perceived.
Meanwhile, the gunman faces a possible death penalty because of the number of victims.
Fox News legal analyst Lis Wiehl said that it is unlikely that a law would be changed in order to extend the time point between a person’s enrollment and their permanent return to school.
However, she said the law is already very good and that there is nothing in the law that would not allow parents to have their kids removed from school if they appear to be in immediate danger.
“Having an arm’s length distance between your first day of school and your return is absolutely OK,” Wiehl said.
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