Fox 4 KC has reported that a student was stabbed in the bathroom at Northeast Middle School located at 4904 Independence Ave, Kansas City, MO 64124.
Just after 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 12, 2022, police were called to the Kansas City middle school. They arrived to find a student with stab wounds. The boy, identified as an eighth-grader, was taken to the hospital in critical condition but died later that day. An investigation found that the victim and another student got into a fight in the bathroom on the school campus before the suspect pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim.
The suspect, whose identity will not be released, is being tried as a juvenile and charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action, and the unlawful use of a weapon.
Attorney contributor to the Legal Herald, Reed Martens, represents stabbing victims and their families in civil lawsuits. Reed recently shared some information to help victims and their families determine if they have grounds to sue after being stabbed on a middle school campus.
"Schools have a legal and moral obligation to ensure the safety of the children and employees. Video surveillance cameras and patrolling security resource officers are just a few ways they can help reduce dangers on the campus. If a school fails to establish proper security measures, they may be held liable in the event of a violent crime, such as a shooting or stabbing on the campus."
"Additionally, if the school had a history of violence, it would be further responsible for increasing its safety measures on the campus. Installing metal detectors or implementing bag checks could help minimize the risks of violence. However, if a school neglects its security obligation, it could be held liable. Victims or their surviving family members should consult with an experienced violent crime attorney to explore their legal options fully. Often in cases of school security neglect, the victims may be entitled to compensation if they file a lawsuit."