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Georgia Premises Liability Attorneys Discuss School and University Shootings

November 30, 2015

On Thursday, October 1, 2015, the nation was shocked by a shooting at Umpqua Community College near Roseburg, Oregon. Police received 911 calls of an active shooter at the college at about 10:38 a.m. that morning. The shooter apparently used a handgun and opened fire at the school, tragically killing a total of 10 people, including himself, and injuring nine others. The shooting is the deadliest in Oregon's history and one of the most shocking school shootings in recent years.

Police are still investigating what drove the student to murder and how he was able to conduct the mass shooting. Police seized fourteen guns from his residence and uncovered online activity that might have hinted at the shooting. As the community and nation as a whole grapple with these tragic and senseless killings, police will continue to delve for answers and hopefully uncover evidence to prevent future school shootings such as this one.

A School's Liability for School Shootings

Every day across the United States, parents send their children of all ages to daycares, schools, and colleges believing that they will receive a good education in a safe environment. While most students will be safe at school, this school shooting and others like it demonstrate the potential dangers faced by school and college students nationwide. School shootings are not the only potential violence student's face. Schools and universities have been the site of violent acts ranging from assaults, stabbings, attacks, rapes, and much more.

The victims of school violence and their surviving families have several different avenues for recovery. One potential avenue is filing suit against the school itself. Federal and state law requires schools properly supervise students, respond to threats of danger, and take action to prevent violence as needed. If a school fails to take appropriate action in the face of a recognized danger or to provide students with necessary security, the school can be liable for injuries and deaths that occur. This liability can form the basis for a premises liability or wrongful death suit.

In the past, the parents of children killed in school shootings have filed civil suits against the school. Some of these actions have been successful, but each action is unique and all school shooting related lawsuits will be extremely complex. The goal of these lawsuits is not just to obtain compensation for the family's tremendous loss, but also to force schools to take the action necessary to protect students. In light of recent school and campus shootings, it is evident that more measures must be taken to protect America's youth.

Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law: Put Our Over 37 Years of Experience to Work on Your Case!

If you injured on the property of another, contact the Georgia Premises Liability Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law. Our firm assists injured accident victims across Georgia and in the Southeast and we bring over 37 years of experience to your premises liability case, providing you with the exceptional representation you need to obtain the best possible outcome. The sooner you act after your injury, the greater your chances of obtaining a full recovery. As such, it is important that you seek the assistance of a licensed lawyer as soon as possible. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.



Category: Personal Injury

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