Lawyers for slain students Brian Fraser and Arielle Anderson, and for an injured student, Hanyang Tao, filed court papers that may be a prelude to suit. Seven of the eight students shot in February have now filed court notices.
A lawyer for Hao, one of five critically injured students, said MSU acted with ‘gross negligence’ in its safety and security actions. He is the third injured student to file notice of suit. Three other students were killed in the February attack.
The family of one of the three students killed in the Feb. 13 mass shooting contends MSU had “dangerous or defective” building conditions that made it easier for the shooter to access the building where Alexandria Verner and several other students were shot.
Lawyers for two critically injured students say they intend to sue the university for ‘gross negligence’ for security failures that allowed a gunman to easily access classrooms and buildings, killing three and injuring five others.
The university is using outdoor speakers and phones and an app to increase access to emergency alerts following the Feb. 13 mass shooting that killed or injured eight students. Crews are also adding classroom door locks this summer.
Newly released dispatch records show multiple callers offered a description of the gunman soon after shooting. A deluge of tips about everything from suspicious trucks to loud sounds may have diverted police.
As Michigan State moves to make active shooter training mandatory for all students and staff, records show optional sessions offered by the university were rarely attended before last month’s mass shooting.
At a September meeting with top MSU leaders, including the police chief, at least two faculty members raised concerns about a lack of door locks in the event of a campus shooting. One speaker cited Berkey Hall specifically.
Democrats in the Michigan Senate voted Thursday to create laws allowing confiscation of guns from those who pose dangers, universal background checks and mandatory safe storage to keep firearms away from children.