15-year-old Hancock opened fire in the cafeteria, hurting four students. He was recently sentenced to the Ohio Department of Youth Services until he's 21 for attempted murder.
The defendants say Hancock’s mother and father’s “negligence, recklessness and wanton breach of duty, which included, but is not limited to the entrustment of a firearm,” resulted in the victims’ injuries.
Two other Hancock relatives are named in the suit, but their exact relationship is unknown. The suit claims those family members “had a duty to secure the firearm” James Austin Hancock used in the shooting.
Attorney Blake Maislin filed the suit in Butler County Common Pleas Court on behalf of the parents of Cameron Smith, Brant Murray and Genna Murray. Cameron, 15, was injured by a bullet and Brant, 14, was hit by shrapnel. Genna stood in the “zone of danger, suffered severe emotional distress,” according to documents.
The suit names seven counts and seeks $25,000 for each victim.