WFTV has reported that a shooting occurred at Seminole High School located at 2701 Ridgewood Ave, Sanford, FL 32773.
On January 19, 2022, moments before noon, the high school's resource officer was notified of a possible weapon on the school campus. Minutes later, gunshots could be heard from one of the buildings. Another resource officer found one victim that had suffered three gunshot wounds. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment but is said to be in stable condition.
Officers were able to identify the suspect, who has been taken into custody. The suspect is facing the following charges:
Attorney contributor Michael Haggard represents victims of school shootings in civil lawsuits. Recently Michael discussed the legal options available to victims of high school shootings. He highlighted when victims could sue for being shot on a high school campus.
"Educational facilities, such as high schools, have a legal responsibility to maintain a safe campus for their students. This includes regular school hours and after-school functions, like sporting events. Schools can offer a level of protection and reduce preventable crime through a series of measures. These can include monitoring all entry and exit ways, patrolling resource officers, conducting bag checks, or using metal detectors. When a school fails to put the safety of their students first, they can be considered negligent."
"In the event of a school shooting, victims and their families should look into the school's safety plan to determine if they did everything to prevent the crime. If the school knew there were ongoing criminal activity issues, whether on the campus or in the area, they would be responsible for improving their safety precautions. Failure to do this could make them liable."
"By filing a private civil lawsuit, victims and their families can help get much-needed financial compensation. School shooting victims and their families should discuss their legal options with an experienced school shooting victim lawyer."