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Seattle-High School Shooting Victims’ Families Settle Lawsuit for $18 Million

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The families of the Marysville-Pilchuck High school students who were shot on campus in 2014 settled a lawsuit against the insurance company for $18 million.

The settlement stems from a lawsuit claiming that a substitute teacher was aware of the possibility of the shooting. However, she failed to inform school officials.

Lincoln Beauregard, the advocate representing the family said that the amount of the settlement was determined by the insurance policy cap of the district.

In a settlement agreement, Beauregard wrote: “The plaintiffs elected not to pursue amounts that would erode the school district’s general budget that is designated for educating and protecting students.”

In addition, Beauregard wrote that the facts of this case are catastrophic and the errors which led to this lawsuit, considerable.

Beauregard also noted that a lawsuit against the father of the shooter, Raymond Fryberg who purchased the gun which was used in the shootings is still active.

The claim was filed by the families of 4 children who were killed and one of the students who were injured when Jaylen Fryberg a 15-year-old student assembled five friends at a table in the cafeteria of a high school in 2014 Oct. 24. He then opened fire on friends with a .40-caliber Beretta handgun before killing himself.

Zoe Gallaso, Gia Soriano and Shaylee Chuckulnaskit and Andrew Fryberg were killed. Nate Hatch the fifth student survived but he was killed in the face.

A substitute teacher, Cooper stated that she had informed school officials about the upcoming mass shooting. Later, it became apparent that she actually did not inform anyone.

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