Family of teen killed in Huffman High shooting planning lawsuit against school board, superintendent

Arrington family planning lawsuit

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - After a hearing Friday for the teenager accused of shooting and killing 17-year-old Courtlin Arrington at Huffman High School, we learned the family of Arrington is planning to sue the Birmingham City Board of Education and superintendent.

"This is something that was preventable. It didn't have to happen. Had the school board and the superintendent followed their own rules and Alabama guidelines by not having guns in the school, which is strictly prohibited, this would have never happened," said Courtney French, who is representing the family in the civil case.

French tells WBRC if metal detectors were in use that day she was killed, Arrington would still be here.

"Had the Birmingham Board of Education done their jobs and done what they told the parents they were going to do, which is protect these children by having metal detectors in place. Where were the SROs?" French said.

French claims days before Courtlin was killed, the superintendent sent out a voicemail to all Huffman parents telling them a student had been found on campus with a gun.

"She was notifying those parents that the students there would be safe. There would be metal detectors that would be in place and that was not true. On the day Courtlin was killed in her classroom, the metal detectors were not plugged up, they were not working," French said.

The school district released this statement after today's hearing:

While we are unable to comment on details relative to pending legal matters, Birmingham City Schools remains deeply saddened by the tragic incident at Huffman High School.

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