Survivor of schoolyard slayings files suit against suspects, board of education
In addition to filing suit against the suspects in last summer’s tragic triple murder at Mount Vernon school, survivor Natasha Aeriel has filed suit against the school district, as well. One wonders if there’s been a legal precedent for schools to monitor their grounds after school hours — and, if that suit is successful — if the city at large is liable, as well.
The lawsuit levels civil claims against the alleged killers and accuses the district of failing to secure the schoolyard with fences, lights, guards or security cameras.
“It in essence became a death trap,” said Ronald Riccio, the lawyer who filed the lawsuit on behalf of Natasha Aeriel and and relatives of the three other victims.
Perry Lattiboudere, the district’s lawyer, said Newark schools didn’t have an obligation to protect people after dark.
“We sympathize with the victims in this case and the whole tragic situation, but we’re comfortable with the precautions we take to protect students during school hours,” he said. “We are going to vigorously defend ourselves against any claim that tries to impose (that) duty after school hours.”