Calif. District Sues City in Connection to School Shooting
A school district has sued the city of Taft, California, claiming a school shooting two years ago would not have happened if a police officer was on duty.
The Bakersfield Californian reported (http://bit.ly/1FhaqT5) that the complaint filed by Taft Union High School District seeks damages for breach of contract and contractual indemnity.
School Resource Officer Doug Hallmark was trapped at home on Jan. 10, 2013, when roads were closed due to ice and snow and no other officer was sent to the school to take his place. That morning, a student, Bowe Cleveland, was critically wounded by a shotgun blast allegedly fired by classmate Bryan Oliver. Cleveland's parents have since sued the district for negligence.
Oliver's trial on two counts of attempted murder ended in a hung jury Dec. 16. A retrial is scheduled for Jan. 26.