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A makeshift memorial sits outside Oxford High School in Oxford, Mich., last week.

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A makeshift memorial sits outside Oxford High School in Oxford, Mich., last week.

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The family of Riley Franz, a student who was shot in the neck at Oxford High School last week, is suing the school district and school officials in Oxford, Mich., for $100 million, saying they failed to prevent the mass shooting that killed four students and injured seven people, despite multiple warnings and signs for concern.

The federal lawsuit, filed on Thursday by attorney Geoffrey Fieger, accuses school officials of dismissing violent threats — not only in the hours and days immediately before Ethan Crumbley’s shooting rampage, but also two weeks earlier, when students and parents raised their concerns. A second $100 million lawsuit will also be filed in state court, Fieger said.

Riley Franz, 17, is a senior at the high school. Her sister Bella, 14, is a freshman. The lawsuit says the two were together when Riley and other students were shot.

The girls had been in a bathroom and were shot at as they emerged, “like they were in a war zone,” Fieger said.

In the days since, both girls have suffered from anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, along with physical and/or emotional injuries, according to the lawsuit.

In the lawsuit’s timeline, school officials were alerted to the potential for violence in the middle of November, when “multiple concerned parents provided communications” to Oxford Principal Steven Wolf about threats to students on social media.

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