Oxford school district destroys evidence after shooting: lawyers

Lawyers for a Michigan high school student injured in a deadly shooting accuse the district of destroying evidence relevant to the case.

Four people were killed last month and seven others injured after Ethan Crumbley, a 15-year-old sophomore, allegedly opened fire at Oxford High School.

The Oxford school district is currently facing a $ 100 million lawsuit from a student who was shot in the neck and her sister, who witnessed the attack. Lawyers say the district cleaned up the school administrators website.

“Not only did the defendants fail to take the necessary steps to preserve the evidence, but they deliberately destroyed the evidence by removing web pages and social media accounts,” lawyer Nora Hanna wrote in Friday’s filing. , reported the Detroit Free Press. “Plaintiffs cannot continue to be caught off guard by defendants by having to research what evidence is being destroyed or altered. ”

The complaint was filed Thursday and alleges that the school failed to protect students from a peer who was “disturbed” and “murderous.” U.S. District Judge Terrence Berg ordered the school to keep all evidence related to the case.

Photos of the victims of the Oxford High School shooting, Hana St. Juliana, Madisyn Baldwin, Tate Myre and Justin Shilling, are deposited at a memorial site in Oxford, Michigan on December 7, 2021.
Jake May / The Flint Journal via AP

Timothy J. Mullins, an Oxford school district lawyer, disputed the charge.

“It’s a lie… it’s disgusting,” he told the newspaper. “Do people think the school district is withholding information?” Everything we have has been given to the DA … whatever they want, we have given them.

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