Chardon Victims’ Families File Lawsuit Against District
CHARDON, Ohio — Families of the students shot in the Chardon High School shootings have filed a lawsuit against a long list of defendants, including Chardon Local Schools.
The lawsuit also names The Lake Academy Alternative School, where the gunman attended class.
Thursday marks two years since the tragedy at Chardon High School.
Russell King Jr., 17, Danny Parmertor, 16, and Demetrius Hewlin, 16, were killed and Nick Walczak was shot and paralyzed in the February 2012 shootings.
The gunman pleaded guilty in February 2013 and was given three life sentences without parole.
The lawsuit alleges that the defendants were “negligent, reckless and willfully indifferent” to the safety and security of Chardon students by failing to provide proper security.
It also alleges that Lake Academy failed to properly evaluate the gunman and “failed to warn others of his mental instability and his at-risk propensity to commit violent acts toward others.”
The grandparents of the shooter are also named for allowing the gunman to have access to more than 30 guns in their home.
The lawsuit asks for compensatory damages and punitive damages.
Chardon Local School District’s Supt. Michael Hanlon released the following statement Thursday regarding the lawsuit:
“The Chardon Local School District has been made aware of a lawsuit filed today (in) Lake County Common Pleas Court. We have not yet fully reviewed the complaint. Because this is now a legal matter, it would be inappropriate for the District to comment. Our focus today has been on supporting our students, staff and the community on this important day.”
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