In the weeks following a shocking murder in a Bronx high school classroom, parents throughout the community have begun to question how the fatal stabbing may have been preventable by the school. Parents are concerned about a lack of metal detectors and improperly trained school employees and students are afraid to return to class after one of their classmates was killed in front of them in the middle of the school day.
2 Lawsuits Filed After Fatal Bronx High School Stabbing
The parents of the two victims in the attack have filed two separate notices of claim for negligence lawsuits against the City of New York, the Department of Education, and the NYPD. Their lawyers have argued that metal detectors could have prevented 18-year-old Abel Cedeno from smuggling a switchblade into the school building, which he later used to fatally stab 15-year-old Matthew McCree and severely injure 16-year-old Ariane Laboy.
Both families are alleging that inadequate security and poorly trained staff were partly to blame and that the incident could have been prevented or stopped if it weren’t for these issues. After the incident, the Department of Education installed metal detectors at the school. McCree’s family is seeking $25 million in damages.
When Are Schools Liable For Student Injuries?
While some student injuries occur due to no fault of the school district or any employee, many could be prevented if it weren’t for various forms of negligence. Some examples of student injuries caused by school negligence include:
- Sports injuries from lack of adult supervision
- Falls and other accidents on defective playground equipment
- Physical or sexual assault due to inadequate security
- Failure to screen school employees for criminal histories, resulting in an assault
- Slip and fall accidents from unsafe conditions, like wet hallway floors or uncleared ice and snow
Establishing negligence is a complex process which is usually best handled by an experienced personal injury lawyer with experience in Bronx premises liability cases. Schools have a legal duty to maintain a safe learning environment for all of their students. When a failure to meet this duty leads to an injury, it’s important for the student’s family to be aware of their legal rights.
My Child Was Injured At School – Should I Consider A Lawsuit?
If your family is struggling to cope after your child was injured at school, you may have recourse through a premises liability lawsuit. It’s extremely stressful when our child gets hurt in a preventable accident while under the care of someone else. A lawsuit can demand accountability from the people who failed to keep your child safe, and also helps provide financial compensation for damages like medical bills, lost wages (if you’ve taken off work to care for your child), pain, suffering, emotional anguish, and more.
Our Bronx personal injury lawyers can help your family stand up for your child’s rights after a traumatic and preventable injury. Get in touch with us today and find out more about your legal options in a free consultation.