NBC 29 has reported that a teenage boy was shot and killed at Menchville High School located at 275 Menchville Rd, Newport News, VA 23602.
Following a basketball game on Tuesday, December 14, 2021, a shooting in the parking lot ended with a teen being shot. Despite the efforts of officers to perform CPR, the teen died at the scene.
Police are still investigating to determine what led up to the shooting. At this time, no information has been made regarding a suspect.
Attorney contributor Kevin Biniazan has numerous years of experience representing victims of gun violence injuries in civil lawsuits. Kevin recently shared some information on the legal options available to victims of violent crimes and their families. During this discussion, he highlighted when victims could pursue a lawsuit for being shot on a school campus.
"High schools and other educational facilities have a legal duty to provide a safe environment during the school days as well as during functions, such as athletic events. By limiting the access to the school entrance, having security personnel patrolling, and having sufficient lighting, the school can reduce the chance of violent crime such as shootings. Failure to provide ample security can cause the school to be deemed negligent by a court."
"Victims of school shootings, and their families, should have the school safety investigated to determine if they did everything in their power to prevent the crime. If the school was aware of increased criminal activity in the area or on the property, they would be responsible for increasing their safety. This could include conducting coat checks and installing metal detectors."
"Gun violence injuries always cause emotional, physical, and financial burdens to the victim and their family. Regardless of whether the victim survives, future debts and bills will pile up. A private civil lawsuit can help secure financial compensation for victims and their families. School shooting victims and their families are encouraged to discuss their available legal options with an experienced school shooting victim lawyer."