Parents in California are pushing back against the idea that a school should allow their child to carry a firearm after the high school shooter’s mother said she and her daughter were not asked to relinquish the weapon.
The parents of 12-year-old Lucas Meeks have filed a lawsuit against the city of Sequoyah High School, alleging that the school’s policy on firearms is not consistent with the California Constitution.
The lawsuit, filed Monday in Riverside Superior Court, says the school does not have the authority to decide when a student should be allowed to carry guns.
“They did nothing wrong,” Meeks mother, Stephanie Meeks, told ABC News affiliate KABC-TV.
“They should have never let him in.”
She and her husband, Brian, are seeking damages from Sequoyawah and the school district for the harm caused by the school shooting, and also for failing to notify parents that the gun had been taken.
“Parents were notified, but parents didn’t know,” Stephanie Mews said.
“We had no idea, and that’s why they did it.”
“The school’s policies are not consistent,” Sequoyaha Unified School District Superintendent John O’Connor told ABCNews.com.
“There was never a question, no question that the student was prohibited from having a gun.
The district is not in a position to decide.”
Meeks is currently at home in Sequoyahi, where he is enrolled in the first grade.
His mother said the shooting occurred at the school when he was not at home.
“The parents were not informed, and they are asking the court to stop the school from doing this,” Stephanie said.
The Meeks family is represented by attorney Peter Geller.
The school district says it is aware of the lawsuit, and it is reviewing the case.
In a statement, the district said: “The safety and security of our students and staff is our top priority.
We are committed to making sure that our students are safe and our schools are safe.”
In a statement released Tuesday, Sequoyahs district said that it is “confident that the SequoyAH School District is taking appropriate steps to provide all students, staff, and faculty with the resources they need to be safe in the Sequoya High School community.”
It said it will “conduct a thorough review of the circumstances surrounding the school-based incident to determine how we can make the best possible choices for our students, including whether the district will require any specific modification of the SequoysAH School’s policy.”
It added: “While we have no knowledge of any specific policy changes that might be required, we have reviewed all current policies and regulations and will provide an update on that in due course.”