Lawyers for a student injured in a fatal school shooting at Oxford High School last month are accusing the school district of destroying evidence.
Oxford School District in Michigan is facing a $100 million lawsuit from the family of Riley Franz, 17, who was shot in the neck on November 30, and her sister, Bella Franz, 14, who witnessed what happened as they were exiting the bathroom in high school.
Their lawyers requested a body of evidence in their case alleging that the Oxford School District failed to protect students by allowing a ‘psychopathic’ and ‘murderer’ student to return to class despite warning signs that 15-year-old Ethan Curmbley was going to do something. dangerous.
The lawsuits name Oxford Community School District Principal Timothy Thrun, Oxford High School Principal Stephen Wolf, Dean of Students, two counselors, two teachers and an employee as defendants.
Among the evidence they said had been “missing” since they filed the lawsuit Thursday, are one of the defendants’ LinkedIn profiles and a list of administrators from the school’s website.
“Not only did the defendants fail to take the necessary steps to preserve evidence, but they deliberately destroyed evidence by deleting web pages and social media accounts,” attorney Nora Hanna wrote in the Friday file, obtained by the Detroit Free Press.
“The plaintiff cannot continue to be traumatized by the defendants by having to search for evidence that is being destroyed or altered.”
The Oxford School District in Michigan is facing a $100 million lawsuit from the family of Riley Franz, 17, who was shot in the neck in a fatal school shooting on November 30, and her sister, Bella Franz, 14, who witnessed it. They came out of the bathroom in high school
Ethan Curmbley, 15, was arrested in a school shooting and charged with terrorism and first degree murder
His parents, James and Jennifer Curmbley, were also charged with four counts of manslaughter after they allegedly bought the gun for their son.
School district attorneys called the allegation “disgusting” and “a lie,” claiming that the district was cooperating fully with investigators.
But Friday night, US District Judge Terence Berg ordered the school to turn over all evidence related to the shooting, though he did not specifically mention the plaintiff’s claim that the evidence had been destroyed.
Since the November 30 fatal shooting, it has been revealed that Ethan Cromple’s parents spoke to the school’s guidance counselors just hours before the shooting. After the teacher became interested in a sketch he did that included a bullet, the phrase “blood everywhere,” and statements he made before the fatal shooting.
According to Throne, the teacher alerted the school’s counselors and the dean of students to the drawings and statements made by Ethan, after he had previously seen pictures of ammunition on his phone that he claimed was for his family’s shooting hobby, and he was ‘immediately taken out’ from class. “
Guidance counselors then monitored him for an hour and a half as they tried unsuccessfully to reach his parents, James and Jennifer.
When they eventually responded, counselors asked them about Ethan’s ability to harm and concluded that he “had no intention of committing self-harm or harming others,” according to a letter the throne sent to members of the community over the weekend.
Guidance counselors reportedly suggested James and Jennifer take him home that day, but said they had to go back to work.
Throne writes that after a few hours Ethan started Filming shortly before 1pm “During the passage of time between classes when hundreds of students were in the hall going from class to class.”
Ethan, 15, was arrested a few minutes after the shooting began, and charged as an adult with terrorism, first-degree murder and other counts in the murder of Madison Baldwin, 17; Tate Meyer, 16 years old; Hana St. Juliana, 14; and Justin Schilling, 17.
His parents were also charged with four counts of manslaughter for allegedly giving their son the gun he used in the shooting. The three were acquitted.
Police responded to the Oxford High School site in Michigan on November 30 after receiving numerous calls about ringing shots.
Parents removed their children from the scene after receiving an active shooting call
Matt Madison Baldwin, 17 (left) and Hannah St. Juliana, 14 (right) in a shooting at Oxford High School in the suburbs of Detroit
Justin Schilling, 17 (left) died in hospital after the shooting and Tate Meyer (right) died at school on November 30
Lawyers for the Franz family have now reached out to a number of companies and government agencies asking them to preserve evidence from the shootings, including Verizon, AT&T, the FBI and the Department of Justice.
They also asked Instagram and Facebook to keep any posts using the hashtags #OxfordStrong and #OxfordSchoolShooting.
But the Oxford School District is required to provide most of the information in court documents, Free Press reports, including: all files on Crumpley, correspondence between district officials about potential past threats and employment records for all counselors, teachers and staff at the school.
They also want any video footage that might be in the area of his parents, James and Jennifer Curmbley.
Community members bowed their heads during prayer and vigil by candlelight one day after the fatal shooting
Some students also mourned at a memorial outside Oxford High School
Governor Gretchen Whitmer embraced Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter as the two left flowers at the memorial in the wake of the shooting
On Friday, prosecutors also asked a federal court judge to hold a hearing “to discuss the punishment of the defendants for engaging in sweaty behavior just hours after the lawsuit began,” arguing that district officials cleaned up the site and removed the employee’s LinkedIn page.
A hearing has yet to be set, and Timothy Mullins, the district attorney, challenged that she was destroying any evidence.
“It’s a lie… It’s disgusting,” he told the newspaper. People think the school district is withholding information? Everything we gave to the prosecutor… Everything they wanted we gave them.
He claimed that the person whose LinkedIn page was deleted, whom the Free Press did not mention, had not worked in the area in over a year, and named in the suit, Jeffrey Weger, the lawyer for the Franz family, it caused him “unnecessarily shocked”.
“It’s disgusting,” Mullins said. This man has been defamed.
I’ve asked Fieger to keep him out of the lawsuit, but he won’t.
In an interview with CNN, Oakland District Attorney Karen MacDonald, right, said school officials had the legal authority to search 15-year-old Ethan Crumble’s backpack and locker when they had concerns about some of the drawings and statements he made before the launch Deadly fire at the end of November, but failed to
Meanwhile, Oakland County District Attorney Karen MacDonald has hinted at possible criminal charges against school officials in the shooting.
In an interview with CNN last week, she said school officials had the legal authority to search Crumbley’s belongings when they found a chilling note on his desk containing disturbing drawings depicting a gun, bullet, blood, a shooting victim and a laughing emoji.
The note included the words: “Thoughts will not stop, help me”; Prosecutors say “my life is useless” and “the world is dead”.
When questioned by school counselors just hours before his gun rampage, Ethan said the chart was a video game plan.
At that point, MacDonald said the gun was in the school.
We don’t know exactly if the gun was in his bag or not. We only know she was at school and he had access to her.
The day before the shooting, Ethan was seen looking for ammo on his phone, and when asked by a teacher he said it was his parents’ hobby. When the school brought up this issue with his parents, his mother texted him: ‘LOL. I’m not even mad at you.
When MacDonald was asked if school staff could be sued, he told CNN’s Brianna Keeler, “We haven’t ruled out charges being brought against anyone.”
She later said in another interview with ABC’s Good Morning America said it could accuse school officials of the shooting, noting, “In this case, a lot could have been done differently.”
MacDonald said the findings of the investigation will determine whether school officials will be charged in the attack on Oxford High School.