Attorney files motion naming security guard as new defendant to Oxford High School shooting lawsuit
DETROIT (WNEM) – An attorney representing victims of the Oxford High School shooting announced Wednesday that a new defendant would be added to its state lawsuit after his office reviewed surveillance video from the school.
Attorney Ven Johnson Law filed a motion to amend its state court lawsuit, adding Kimberly Potts, a school security guard.
Johnson said the situation was unusual due to finding new things daily and the lack of transparency from Oxford Public Schools.
The law firm said that Potts, who has more than 20 years of experience as a sheriff’s deputy and worked the day of the school shooting, failed to react as she thought the school was conducting an ALICE drill, which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate.
Johnson said as Potts walked past Tate Myre’s body she thought, “the drill makeup looked real.”
The amendment to the lawsuit claims that Potts failed to protect Oxford High School students, which otherwise would have prevented the death and injuries of multiple victims.
Johnson said that Potts was also wearing a body camera but did not turn it on until after the tragic shooting events.
Johnson also cited how Potts looked through the bathroom but failed to, “clear the room” which would have revealed Crumbley with his gun and prevented the death of Justin Shilling.
“She was armed. She had a gun. She had a body camera. Just what you would expect from a security person,” Johnson said.
Johnson said he is not buying her explanation of thinking it was a drill.
“She was a 20-some year Oakland County sheriff deputy. The second that she heard shots, the second she was told that there’s a shooter, we all know sadly through Uvalde, Texas what the protocol is now. And that is you draw your weapon, and you go! You go to the shooter to try to confront them to end the shooting one way or another,” Johnson said.
Johnson, who got a chance to watch surveillance video of the shooting from inside the school, said the bathroom Potts walked away from was where Crumbley and two other students were.
About a minute later, Johnson said Crumbley shot Justin Schilling in that bathroom. He died the next day. Schilling’s parents found these new revelations devastating.
“It just truly shattered us. Knowing that Justin was still alive,” one of the parents said.
“It’s difficult to know that he could still be here if somebody did their job,” another parent said.
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