Friday, November 01, 2013

Liability for School Shootings

Almost six-and-a-half years ago, a student at Virginia Tech showed up on campus and shot numerous people in classrooms and a dorm, leaving thirty-three dead. Litigation ensued, and the university was found liable in a wrongful death suit. On appeal, the verdict was overturned on the basis that the school could not have foreseen the harm.

"Last year a Montgomery County Circuit Court jury awarded each family $4 million, an amount that was reduced to $100,000 each by a state cap on damages," according to The Richmond Times-Dispatch.