School Liability in School Shooting Cases



This article reviewed litigation that was spawned by school shootings. The litigation commenced after the Columbine shooting where 15 cases were decided. The Columbine cases and subsequent shooting litigation, both in state and federal courts, determined that the defendants prevailed; therefore, no liability existed. These decisions were the result of the high legal liability standards established by the federal courts under the Fourteenth Amendment and in state courts on the issue of governmental immunity where school boards, school offices, and law enforcement officers were held not liable since they could not have foreseen the horrific acts of private individuals who committed the acts.


Liability Columbine Fourteenth Amendment Schools Shooting Due process Governmental immunity 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Virginia TechBlacksburgUSA

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