Negligence and Violations Alleged: Granite School District Faces Wrongful Death Lawsuit After Tragic Shooting at Hunter High School

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A wrongful death civil rights lawsuit has been filed against Granite School District on behalf of the families of two high-school students who tragically lost their lives. Paul Tahi and Tivani Lopati were fatally shot during school hours at Hunter High School in Salt Lake City on January 13, 2022.

The civil lawsuit alleges that the school district failed to address multiple reports of escalating violence, resulting in the untimely deaths of the two students. According to the complaint, the school administration and district police neglected to adequately investigate reports of growing conflicts among student groups.

Furthermore, the lawsuit accuses the district of violating Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The plaintiffs are seeking compensatory and punitive damages, as well as litigation costs and attorneys’ fees.

Tragically, this incident has left the community mourning the loss of two young lives. The victims’ families are hoping that the legal action will bring justice and accountability for the alleged negligence that led to their children’s deaths.

It is worth noting that this is not the first time the issue of school safety has been raised in the district. The lawsuit highlights a glaring need to address and respond appropriately to reports of violence, ensuring the safety and well-being of all students.

As the case moves forward, it will be important to consider the broader implications of this tragedy. School districts across the country should take this opportunity to reassess protocols and ensure proactive measures are in place to address potential conflicts and violence among students.

In remembrance of Paul Tahi and Tivani Lopati, their families are seeking justice and accountability for the alleged negligence that occurred within the Granite School District. The civil rights lawsuit filed against the district sheds light on the urgent need for improved prevention and response measures in schools, not only in Salt Lake City but throughout the nation.