Parkland survivors sue school, police officials
By Christen Smith
Backlash against Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel and other law enforcement officials continues as the department’s botched response to the Parkland massacre comes to light. (Photo: YouTube screengrab)
Survivors of the Parkland massacre sued school district and law enforcement officials in federal court this week for failing to stop the accused gunman before he killed 17 and wounded 17 others in the Valentine’s Day attack.
Fifteen students, identified only by their initials in court documents, filed a 30-page complaint Wednesday against Broward School District Superintendent Robert Runcie, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, BSO Capt. Jan Jordan, retired School Resource Officer Scot Peterson, and school monitor Andrew Medina. Court documents state the officials violated students’ constitutional rights through “arbitrary, conscious-shocking actions and inactions that caused students to die” and left others severely traumatized.
Attorney Solomon Radner told the Sun Sentinel the survivors listed in the suit suffered no physical injuries as a result of the massacre, but were present in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s 1200 building or on campus as Nikolas Cruz unloaded dozens of rounds into classroom windows and hallways. Medina, according to the complaint, radioed a colleague about a “suspicious student” he recognized as potentially dangerous just a minute before the