Oxford Victims’ Families File Lawsuit Against Teachers, School Staff Members
A lawsuit filed by the parents of Tate Myre alleges that three teachers and three other staff members at Oxford High School were negligent in preventing a deadly school shooting on November 30.
According to the Associated Press, the lawsuit seeks at least $25,000 in damages and names Oxford High School's dean of students, two counselors, and three teachers. The 15-year-old shooter, Ethan Crumbley, and his parents are also named as defendants.
Other victims' families are listed in the suit as co-plaintiffs.
In the video below, Tate Myre's father William 'Buck' Myre explains how their lives have been changed forever.
"We’re not doing good. All we do is walk around the house and think about Tate," Myre said at the news conference. "We think about him every day. We sit in his room. We listen to his playlist off Spotify. We’re not doing good, but we’re going to find a way to get through it together.”
Myre went on to acknowledge that some won't understand the reasons that they have for filing the suit.
"We're fully aware that people will misperceive why we're doing this," Myre said. "But we taught Tate and his brothers to be responsible for their actions and always be accountable for them. It would be a dishonor to Tate if we didn't do this."
The mother of Keegan Gregory also spoke at the news conference. Keegan witnessed the shooting on November 30. She said her son is traumatized and nowhere near ready to return to school.
He’s nowhere near going back to class, let alone functioning like a normal 15-year-old child,” she said. “We have to check doors. We have to check under beds.”
In a separate court filing today (1/27), lawyers for Ethan Crumbley are pursuing an insanity defense. Mental health examinations that will attempt to determine whether or not the shooter understood the wrongfulness of his actions are expected to add months-long delays to the case.