Indiana school may be liable for shooting injuries

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Monday that a trial must be held to determine whether a central Indiana school corporation is liable for injuries suffered by two middle school students who were shot by another boy in a dispute over a girl.

In its 3-0 decision, the appeals court said the Metropolitan School District of Martinsville is not entitled to immunity under Indiana's Tort Claims Act because the implementation of the principal's school safety plan does not fall under the protections of that law.

In addition, the court insisted only a trial can assess whether the school failed in its duty to protect the students because school officials had numerous warnings and might have reasonably expected the shooting to occur.

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