Published Online: January 12, 2015
Published in Print: January 14, 2015, as California District Sues City Over School Shooting

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California District Sues City Over School Shooting

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The Taft Union High School District in California is suing the city of Taft, alleging breach of contract after a student shot another student at the school in 2013.

According to the police, the assigned school resource officer could not get to the school on the day of the shooting because of severe weather conditions. No other officer was sent to the school to take his place, according to local news media.

On the day in question, Bryan Oliver, then 16, allegedly entered the school with a shotgun and fired on his classmates. Student Bowe Cleveland was critically injured, and his parents have since sued the district for negligence.

The district argues that the shooting could have been prevented if an officer had been present at the school.

Vol. 34, Issue 17, Pages 4-5

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