Appeals court approves Martinsville school shooting suit

A lawsuit over the March 2011 shooting at Martinsville West Middle School can proceed, an appeals court ruled.
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A lawsuit over a middle school shooting in Martinsville can go forward.

The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that Chance Jackson and Brandon Kent can sue the Martinsville school district over the March 2011 shooting that injured both students at Martinsville West Middle School.

The ruling affirms a lower court decision last year that allows the families of the two injured boys to proceed to trial. They argue the district knew the gunman, Michael Phelps, was a threat and should have taken more precautions.

Anne Marie Tiernon spoke with Jackson last February about the shooting and his recovery.