A group of students who attend a Michigan high school where a deadly mass shooting took place last year are suing the district in an attempt to force policy changes ahead of the new academic year. About 20 students filed a federal lawsuit against the Oxford Community School District and several school officials in a bid for "transparency and a sense of security" as they recover from the shooting and get ready for the next semester, NPR reports. "Although Plaintiffs survived the shooting, they have suffered irreparable harm," the lawsuit states. Four students were killed in the shooting – Tate Myre,16; Hana St. Juliana, 14; Madisyn Baldwin, 17; and Justin Shilling 17. Six students and a teacher were also injured.
The 15-year-old accused perpetrator, Ethan Crumbley, as well as his parents, have been criminally charged. Crumbley has been charged with murder and other crimes. He plans to pursue an insanity defense at trial. His parents — James and Jennifer Crumbley — have each pleaded not guilty to four counts of involuntary manslaughter. The lawsuit requests a "fully transparent and independent third-party investigation" into what led to the shooting. The students also want the district to promise "complete transparency" in communicating with Oxford High School students and their parents, secure proper training for administrators and take other protective measures, such as not releasing suicidal students back into the classroom. Guidance counselors met with Crumbley and his parents the day of the attack but ultimately let him return to class, after which he allegedly carried out the deadly shooting. The lawsuit does not seek monetary damages.