The attorneys representing them claim the defendants were supposed to keep everyone at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School safe, but were unable to do so.
They sent separate letters to all of the involved parties on Monday and Tuesday — notifying them of their intention to sue, according to the Sun Sentinel.
“The failure of Broward County Public Schools and of the Principal and School Resource officer to adequately protect students, and in particular our client, from life-threatening harm were unreasonable, callous and negligent,” wrote Alex Arreaza, lawyer for survivor Anthony Borges.
“Such action or inaction led to the personal injuries sustained by my client.”
Borges, 15, was the first Stoneman Douglas student to say he’d be filing a lawsuit related to the Feb. 14 shooting.
The teen made headlines just days after the massacre when cops released a photo of him being comforted in the hospital by Broward Sheriff Scott Israel.
The well-wishes weren’t enough, though, to keep Borges from taking action against the sheriff’s office for what his lawyer claims was a complete and total failure “at just about every level.”
“There could have been a lot more done to prevent this tragedy,” Arreaza told the Miami Herald.
“They were failed by the school, they were failed by [the Broward Sheriff’s Office], they were failed by the people who had knowledge of this going on,” he said.
Kyle Laman, another 15-year-old, was the second student to say he’d be suing on Tuesday under claims of negligence. He and Borges were both among the 16 wounded.
“Kyle is still dealing with memories of the terror he felt when his classroom was locked and he was stuck in the hallway during the shooting,” a spokesman for The Berman Law Group, which is representing Laman, told the Sentinel in a statement.
“The teacher couldn’t get the door open fast enough,” they said. “Everyone was running scared. Kyle looked at the gunman staring right back at him, and instinctively jumped for cover. The bullets were flying, and doctors told his mom one tore through his ankle and foot.”
Laman had to undergo two separate surgeries to reconstruct his right ankle and foot after taking a bullet from alleged shooter Nikolas Cruz’s AR-15. He didn’t get released from the hospital until March 1.
In his letter, Laman’s lawyers accuse Stoneman Douglas resource deputy Scot Peterson of failing to act “at the moment of need.”
They also called out the FBI, Henderson Behavioral Health unit, and Florida Department of Children and Families for knowing about Cruz’ mental issues and doing “nothing to assist in the prevention of the mass shooting.”
Laman’s legal team ultimately plans to sue the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the FBI, the Broward School Board, Henderson Behavioral Health and the DCF.
Borges’ lawyers intend to file a lawsuit against the Broward County Public Schools, Marjory Stoneman Douglas’ principal and its school resource officer, as well as local authorities.
While the School Board and FBI declined to comment about the lawsuits, a DCF spokesperson told the Sentinel that they would be reviewing them.
“It is important to note that the department’s interaction with Mr. Cruz in 2016 was related to allegations of caregiver abuse,” said spokeswoman Jessica Sims.
Still, Arreaza believes more should have been done.
“By the grace of God, he’s not No. 18,” the lawyer said, in reference to Laman.
“It’s a miracle that we’re even talking about recovery.”