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Columbine School Officials Named in Lawsuit

Magazine article Curriculum Administrator

Columbine School Officials Named in Lawsuit

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(AP) - Columbine High School officials have been named as defendants in lawsuits filed by the families of three victims.

The three amended lawsuits filed in late July in Jefferson County District Court in Colorado allege principal Frank DeAngelis and other school officials knew about Eric Harris' and Dylan Klebold's violent tendencies through their school work.

The amended complaints were filed on behalf of the families of slain student Isaiah Shoels and wounded students Richard Castaldo and Mark Taylor.

"We have contended all along that there was a very dehumanizing atmosphere at Columbine and the administration, [which] just by its lack of action, helped foster that atmosphere," says Shoels family spokesman Sam Riddle. "The administration [at Columbine] tolerated the language of hate and that language made killing easier, and Isaiah paid for it with his life."

In addition to DeAngelis, the lawsuits also name school security chief Howard Cornell; Columbine teachers Garrett Talocco, Judy Kelly and Tom Johnson, and 20 unnamed school district employees.

"Our attorneys have not had time to review the lawsuits and have not received all the ones mentioned, so we don't have a comment at this time," said Marilyn Saltzman, school district spokeswoman. …

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