Dad and mom of Saugus Excessive College taking pictures victims sue faculty district

The mother and father of the 2 Saugus Excessive College college students who have been killed throughout a taking pictures by a classmate final yr have filed wrongful-death lawsuits towards the faculty district.

In separate lawsuits filed Monday, days after the one-year anniversary of the teenagers’ deaths, the mother and father of Dominic Blackwell, 14, and Gracie Anne Muehlberger, 15, allege that the William S. Hart Union Excessive College District did not take actions that would have prevented the tragedy.

The households are searching for an unspecified quantity in compensation and asking the district to make security adjustments.

“We simply need it to be safer for the youngsters, as a result of on the finish of the day that is what it’s about,” Dominic’s father, Frank Blackwell, instructed KNBC-TV information.

“It isn’t the eight seconds,” Gracie’s father, Bryan Muehlberger, mentioned. “It’s the 43 minutes previous to that that one thing may have been finished. And that’s what angers me.”

Within the lawsuits, the mother and father allege that college officers did not supervise the quad space the place a 16-year-old stood for about 40 minutes earlier than opening hearth on his classmates.

The mother and father declare that college directors didn’t confront the scholar when he skipped class. Each lawsuits allege that he stood by himself in a “trance-like state” within the quad space with out supervision.

Though he was imagined to be in school, the scholar “was allowed to hang around within the quad space by the varsity’s ‘Legacy Wall’ for roughly 40 minutes by himself, with none interruption or questioning from faculty supervisors, employees, and/or lecturers,” the Blackwells’ lawsuit states.

“After standing unchecked within the outside quad for roughly forty minutes,” the go well with continues, the scholar “walked to a different spot in the identical quad, and stood nonetheless in a ‘trance-like-state’ for a number of extra minutes till he finally placed on a pair of sun shades and pulled a .45-caliber handgun from his backpack.”

The Muehlbergers’ lawsuit alleges that the varsity district’s Textual content-a-Tip line assigned to Saugus Excessive College was not operable throughout or earlier than the taking pictures, and that safety cameras monitoring the campus have been obscured by overgrown timber and never actively monitored.

Gracie Muehlberger’s mother and father additionally claimed that the Los Angeles County coroner’s workplace failed to guard their daughter’s id after the disaster.

Within the lawsuit, they mentioned that a number of relations realized of her demise by means of the information media although the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Division positioned a safety maintain on her file.

A spokesperson for the coroner’s workplace mentioned the company doesn’t touch upon pending litigation.

In an emailed assertion, a spokesperson for the varsity district mentioned officers usually are not commenting on the lawsuits.

“The William S. Hart Union Excessive College District and Santa Clarita Valley proceed to grieve with the Muehlberger and Blackwell households one yr after the tragic incident on November 14, 2019,” the district mentioned. “We have been honored to coordinate with the Muehlberger & Blackwell households and the Metropolis of Santa Clarita within the current Unity of Neighborhood remembrance occasion to honor Gracie and Dominic.”