NBC News has reported that an on-campus shooting took place at Erie High School located at 3325 Cherry St, Erie, PA 16508.
At about 9:22 a.m. on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, police responded to a shooting at the high school. They arrived to find a student who had been shot three times in the hallway by another student. The victim was taken to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. The suspected shooter is believed to be under the age of 15 years old and turned himself in to the authorities on Wednesday.
Attorney contributor Brian Kent has spent years representing victims of violent crimes in civil lawsuits. Brian recently highlighted some legal options available to victims injured in a school shooting, including when a school might be held accountable.
"Schools have a moral and legal commitment to providing a safe environment for students, staff, and visitors. It is critical that they implement proper security measures in order to limit the possibility of preventable violence, like shootings. Security cameras, patrolling security officers, and monitoring all entries and exits are examples of preventative safety measures. However, if the school fails to adopt adequate security measures and a crime occurs on the campus, the school could be held liable."
"A school could be held accountable for security negligence if the crime is deemed foreseeable. When a school has a history of violence yet fails to increase security, the crime may be considered predictable. Increased security measures may include the addition of metal detectors or bag checks. Victims injured during school shootings should consult with an experienced violent crime attorney to discuss their option to file a lawsuit."