A Uvalde, Texas, gunman sued the firequest international, firearms and school district for allegedly failing to confront him after the Robb Elementary School shooting
Parents of survivors of the Robb Elementary School massacre in Uvalde, Texas, have filed a federal lawsuit against multiple entities – including the gun manufacturer, school district and city – for a host of allegations, including negligence and recklessness.
The district fired Pete Arredondo, who state officials say was the incident commander during the shooting, for not confronting the suspect sooner, even after the shooting began. The gunman killed 19 children and two teachers.
The complaint said that Daniel Defense didn’t study the effects of their marketing strategies on health and well-being of Americans and chose not to look at the cost of families and Communities like Uvalde, Texas.
Days before the shooting, the complaint notes, the Georgia-based company tweeted an image of a toddler holding an assault-style weapon with the caption: “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
The claim states that Firequest International, Inc., which makes accessory trigger systems similar to illegal bump stocks, sells them to untrained civilians and young adults in Uvalde. These types of devices let rifles shoot more rapidly, like automatic weapons.
“The Uvalde school shooter’s background check was clean, and Oasis Outback sold him the guns and ammunition knowing he was suspicious and likely dangerous,” according to the legal document. The store owner and his staff did not act on their suspicions.
The gunman legally purchased two AR platform rifles at a local federal firearms licensee on May 17 and on May 20. He bought more than 400 rounds of ammunition on May 18.
Uvalde PD, Motorola Solutions, Inc., and Schneider Electric are accused of violating the Fourth Amendment in a Gunmanufacturers School District
The Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District, including Pedro “Pete” Arredondo, the district police chief at the time, and Mandy Gutierrez, the school’s former principal, failed to act and created a dangerous environment for the plaintiffs, according to the lawsuit. The attorney for the client said he would not be commenting on the litigation.
“While Uvalde PD did make an early attempt to breach the classroom, they retreated and never tried again. The scene remained ‘active’ and active shooter protocol required Uvalde PD to pursue the primary goal of stopping the killing and gunman no matter how many times it takes,” said the claim.
The police chief on the day of the massacre is faulted in the suit along with two other companies for their products being defects that led to the shooting. Motorola Solutions, Inc.’s radio communications devices, which were used by some first responders, “were defective and unreasonably dangerous because they did not contain adequate warnings or instructions concerning failure during normal use,” said the claim.
Lawyers also say Schneider Electric, the manufacturer of the door locking mechanisms used at the school, “failed to lock as designed after being shut.”
The Schneider Electric spokesman told CNN that they condemn the Uvalde incident in the strongest terms. We cannot comment on pending litigation while we review this recent filing.
The Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District, Oasis Outback, Daniel Defense and other companies didn’t respond to CNN request for comment.
The First Lockdown by a 6-Year-Old Student in the Uvalde Public School District on Friday, May 24, 2005
A previous version of the story had an extra person named. The name of the person who is not a party in the complaint has been removed.
HOUSTON — The school district in Uvalde, Texas, said on Friday that it had suspended the operations of its Police Department amid ongoing questions about its officers’ response to the May 24 mass shooting at Robb Elementary School and a sustained protest by victims’ parents.
The officer who took over for Mr. Arredondo and two other district employees have been placed on administrative leave. Mr. Mueller, the director of student services, had decided to retire, the statement said.
On the day of the shooting, Zwerner said the 6-year-old student was angry and violent, had threatened to beat up a 5-year-old kindergartener and was in a violent mood.
Novah Jones is a fifth graders in a different classroom, and she says that they were doing math when the announcements came on that they had been locked down. I hid under my desk because I wasn’t sure what to do and it was like my first lockdown.
The teacher who was wounded in Friday’s shooting was in stable condition by Saturday, according to the Newport News Police Department.
The teacher in the Newport News public school district was not named and her alma mater, James Madison University, named her.
The police took the 6-year-old boy into custody after the shooting, according to the Chief.
The shooting occurred after an altercation between Zwerner and the student, who pointed the gun at her and fired a single round, Police Chief Drew said at the time.
Following the shooting, all students at the school were evacuated from their classrooms with their teachers and taken to the gymnasium, where they were with counselors and officers, Drew told CNN affiliate WTKR.
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Novah had trouble sleeping that night because of her fear that he was going to come to her house with a gun.
Novah was one of the children who were in the school when the shooting happened. Shootings in US schools, while still rare when compared with other incidents of gun violence, have become far more common than they are in any other country. In 2022, there were at least 60 shootings at K-12 schools, according to a CNN analysis.
Richneck Elementary has been closed since the shooting, and some parents have expressed their concern ahead of classes resuming. The father of the accused student told CNN last week that his son was in the same class as Zwerner.
“It is almost impossible to wrap our minds around the fact that a 6 year old 1st grader brought a loaded handgun to school and shot a teacher; however, this is exactly what our community is grappling with today,” Newport News Mayor Phillip D. Jones said in a statement posted on Twitter.
The authorities are trying to find an answer to the question of how this happened. Jones said that they are working to make sure the child gets the supports and services he needs.
First Day of School Instruction at Richneck Elementary School. Dr. George P. Parker’s Letter of Intent, and the School Superintendent’s E-mail
The school board voted to have Dr. GeorgeParker removed from his position. Briana Foster Newton, the former principal at Richneck Elementary School, was reassigned to another location, but the district did not say where.
Students in Richneck will be back at school for the first time since January 6 when a first graders shot and injured a teacher, after being the focus of much scrutiny in the months since.
Parker resigned on January 25, nearly three weeks after the shooting and one day after the legal notice was sent to the school board. CNN reached out to Parker for comment on Tuesday but did not immediately receive a response.
The district said that Karen Lynch would be the administrator on the special assignment.
As Police Chief Steve Drew has said, “no School Resource Officers have been assigned to Richneck. The doors in the classroom areas have not been installed with one yet, but others have been repaired or replaced.
Lynch sent an email to students’ families after the announcement Sunday detailing new protocols for the first day of full instruction.
Lynch urged families to use their normal mode of transportation to bring their children to school, but the school will give clear book bags to use if they don’t have a bag.
The school will be limiting visitors in the school leading during this first week of instruction to allow “staff the opportunity to establish routines and procedures with students,” according to the email. Parents are not allowed in classrooms and those who walk their kids to class must show identification, as well as be searched, it said.
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The school shared an Amazon Wish List of emotional support items that teachers had requested for students to assist in the healing process in a post on the school’s Facebook account.
“This is a scary situation, my son is still scared,” Garcia told CNN. He does not want to go back to school because he doesn’t know that he will be safe.
The people who know about the situation failed the school and everyone inside, which is horrible, he said.
Zwerner was critically injured when a bullet passed through one of her hands and struck her chest, police have said. The teacher was released from the hospital.
“Over the course of a few hours, three different times – three times – school administration was warned by concerned teachers and employees that the boy had a gun on him at the school and was threatening people,” attorney Diane Toscano told reporters.
The boy was put under a temporary detainer after the shooting and had to be evaluated at a hospital. He remains unidentified publicly, but his family has been releasing statements through their attorney.
A Murder by a Black Hole Student in Newport News Elementary School: A Misdemeanor for Using a Gun in a School Classroom
Under Virginia law, it is a misdemeanor for an adult to leave a loaded, unsecured firearm in such a way that it could endanger a child under the age of 14. It is against the law to allow a child under the age of 12 to use a firearm.
The allegations were detailed in a January 24 legal notice by attorney Diane Toscano, who sent the letter to the Newport News School Board to inform officials of a lawsuit her client, teacher Abigail Zwerner, plans to file against administrators at Richneck Elementary School.
The child displayed some warning signs of violence, according to instances described by Toscano in the legal notice. The student’s family said previously the child has a disability.
“It is a miracle that more people were not harmed,” the legal notice says. The legal notice states that the shooter’s entire recess was spent with a gun in his pocket and lots of first grade students playing.
CNN obtained the legal notice through a Freedom of Information Act request. The district did not comment beyond providing the document to CNN.
The school district told CNN previously that it could not comment on whether Newton or anyone else was made aware of a potential gun on campus because that is part of an ongoing investigation.