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Judge says Oxford (Mich.) district and its employees cannot be sued over 2021 school shooting

March 6, 2023
Four students were shot to death and seven others wounded on Nov. 30, 2021, at Oxford High School

A judge in Michigan has ruled that the Oxford school district and its employees cannot be sued in connection with the Oxford High School mass shooting that took place in November 2021.

The Detroit Free Press reports that Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Mary Ellen Brennan stated that the district employees have government immunity from any lawsuits that argue Oxford Schools acted negligently in connection with the shooting attack that killed four students and wounded seven others.

"While Plaintiffs allege claims against Defendant Oxford Community Schools for gross negligence and vicarious liability, such claims do not fall within any of the six recognized exceptions," according to the court order.

Shooting victims have filed lawsuits in connection with the Nov. 30, 2021, shooting at Oxford High School in Oxford, Mich. The shooter, Ethan Crumbley, a 15-year-old sophomore at the time, has pleaded to multiple counts of murder and other charges. He has not yet been sentenced.

Based on the state law, Brennan wrote "the Court concludes that Ethan Crumbley’s act of firing the gun, rather than the alleged conduct of the individual defendants, was ‘the one most immediate, efficient and direct cause of injury or damage.’”

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