A federal judge has ruled that when a shooting occurred at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School, police and school officials had no responsibility to shield children.
The lawsuit was filed by 15 survivors of the massacre and dismissed by U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom.
“The claim arises from the actions of [the attacker], a third party, and not a state actor,” Bloom said of her decision.
“Thus, the critical question the Court analyzes is whether defendants had a constitutional duty to protect plaintiffs from the actions of [the shooter],” she explained.
The ruling supports defendants such as the Broward County Sheriff’s Office and the Broward School District.
This is probably the only good news defendant Scot Peterson is likely to hear. The lawsuit singled out the school deputy for being the first responder but not reacting to stop the shooting.
“His arbitrary and conscience-shocking actions and inactions directly and predictably caused children to die, get injured, and get traumatized,” the lawsuit stated.
The students legal representative, Kristoffer Budhram released a statement following the judges ruling saying he was considering filing an appeal.
“We respectfully disagree with Judge Bloom’s decision to dismiss our clients’ case,” Budhram said.
“This case is about protecting the Constitutional rights of individuals who were the victims of one of the worst mass shootings in this country’s history,” he added.