26 victims of Parkland shooting sue sheriff, school board

Survivors and family members of the shooting are claiming negligence allowed the massacre to happen


Associated Press

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Survivors and family members of the slain victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, are suing the school district, the sheriff's office, a deputy and a school monitor, claiming their negligence allowed the massacre to happen.

The lawsuits will be filed in state court in South Florida on Tuesday morning, following a news conference.

A police car drives near Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
A police car drives near Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

Authorities say former student Nikolas Cruz fatally shot 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine's Day in 2018.

The lawsuits name as defendants the School Board of Broward County; the Broward Sheriff's Office; former deputy Scott Peterson, who was a school resource officer; Andrew Medina, who was a school security monitor; and Henderson Behavioral Health Clinic, a mental health facility where Cruz was treated.

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