Amanda Collette was just 15-years-old when she was fatally shot at Dillard High School in 2008. Now, her family is suing the Broward School District for her Florida wrongful death.
Dillard, a high school sophomore, was shot in a school hallway on November 12, 2008. The person who shot her, fellow student and friend Teah Wimberly, was found guilty of second-degree murder and is sentenced to 25 years in prison. Collette had reportedly rejected Wimberly’s romantic overtures.
According to the plaintiffs’ Broward County, Florida wrongful death lawyer, Wimberly had told another schoolmate that she planned on hurting Collette. The student then claimed to have told a teacher, who was accused of disregarding the information. A district probe later cleared the instructor of wrongdoing.
In the family’s Fort Lauderdale, Florida wrongful death complaint, the plaintiffs claim that Collette’s death was preventable. The school had hand-held metal detectors, but they weren’t used on the day that Wimberly brought a 22.caliber pistol to school. Collette’s family also notes that the school has a history of violence.
In the event that your son or daughter was injured or died at school, you may have grounds for filing a Broward County, Florida personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. School employees are in charge of supervising students on the premise and the school and district can be held liable if failure to properly oversee and ensure order or another type of negligence results in a student getting hurt.
Some causes of student injuries and fatalities:
• School shootings
• Assault and battery
• Sexual assault crimes
• Inadequate security
• Hazardous conditions
• Slip and fall
• Improper maintenance
• Exposure to toxic substances
• Dangerous school experiments
• Inadequate safety procedures
• Failure to implement proper emergency procedures
• Fire accidents
• Sports-related injuries and accidents
Family of slain Dillard High teen sues Broward schools, Miami Herald, April 9, 2010
Teah Wimberly sentenced to 25 years, WSVN, March 27, 2010
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Broward School District