According to ClickOrlando, a teenager was shot in the parking lot of Wekiva High School located at 2501 Hiawassee Rd, Apopka, FL 32703.
The shooting occurred just after a basketball game between Wekiva and Edgewater High on Friday, January 6, 2023. Gunfire erupted in the parking lot outside the gym. When police arrived, they found one teen with gunfire injuries. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment but was said to be in stable condition.
Attorney contributor Michael Haggard has spent years representing shooting victims in Florida. Michael recently reviewed the legal options for shooting victims, including when a victim could sue if shot in a high school parking lot.
"High schools are legally responsible for providing a safe learning environment for the children in their care. This responsibility does not end with the school day but includes after-hours sporting events on and off campus. In order to limit the possibility of preventable violence, proper security measures need to be in place. These basic security measures include security cameras, patrolling resource officers, and monitoring all entries onto the campus. If a crime is committed on the campus due to the school's lack of security, they could be held liable."
"The shooting may be considered foreseeable if a school fails to increase its security despite knowing of a heightened risk for violence. The high school could be held accountable in a civil lawsuit if the crime was foreseeable and security was neglected. An experienced school shooting attorney can help school shooting victims and their family members explore their best legal options."