- GOLDEN, Colo. (Reuters) -
The families of three victims of last year's massacre at Columbine High
School have sued the school principal and other officials, alleging they
knew about the violent tendencies of the two teen-age killers and should
have taken action.
- The names of principal Frank DeAngelis and other officials
were added on Monday to lawsuits previously filed against the Jefferson
County sheriff's office, the parents of the two killers, Eric Harris, 18,
and Dylan Klebold, 17, and others who helped the two obtain weapons.
- The two gunmen killed 13 people and wounded 23 others
before taking their own lives in the school during the April 20, 1999,
massacre at the Littleton, Colorado school.
- Jefferson County School District spokesman Rick Kaufman
said attorneys for the district were reviewing the lawsuit and would comment
at a later time.
- The lawsuits seek unspecified monetary damages. They
were filed by the family of Isaiah Shoels, a student who was killed, and
the families of Richard Castaldo and Mark Taylor, who were wounded.
- Other victims of the shooting have filed additional lawsuits.
- The amended lawsuits alleged that school employees knew
about Harris's Web site that contained threats against fellow students.
- Last week, a Kentucky judge dismissed lawsuits against
the parents of a teen-age boy who killed three students and wounded five
others in a 1997 school shooting in Paducah, Kentucky. The judge said the
parents of Michael Carneal, now 17 and serving a prison term, should not
be held liable for their son's actions because he had not displayed violent
tendencies prior to the rampage.
- Separately, the U.S. Labor Department said it fined a
Littleton Subway sandwich shop $18,625 for violating federal child labor
laws in a case in which 15-year-old Nicholas Kunselman was killed while
working late on a school night.
- Kunselman and his girlfriend, Stephanie Hart, 16, were
found dead behind the counter of the sandwich shop on Feb. 14 in a crime
that reopened the wounds of the school shooting.
- Federal officials got involved because Kunselman was
too young to be working late at night. The store also allowed seven other
14- and 15-year-olds to work too many hours and too late at night, the
department said in announcing the fine.
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