A Henry County, Georgia mother, Ashley Wilson, has initiated legal proceedings against Ola Middle School’s officials following a harrowing incident in which her daughter was stabbed 14 times by a fellow student. The attack, which occurred last spring within the school’s gymnasium, has been attributed to the school’s alleged inaction despite prior knowledge of the assailant’s threats and possession of a knife on school premises.
According to Adam Princenthal, a lawyer with Princenthal, May & Wilson, the young victim sustained multiple stab wounds and has been on a challenging path to recovery, grappling with both physical and emotional scars from the assault.
The lawsuit claims that the school’s administration neglected their duty by disregarding a warning from a school resource officer about the eighth-grade suspect’s knife and explicit threats. Despite this report, school policy mandates to secure the environment were reportedly not followed.
The subsequent day, Wilson’s daughter was ambushed and violently attacked in the gym by the suspect, who was initially threatening another student. The attack was captured on video amidst a chaotic scene with students present, and the school’s teachers were accused in the lawsuit of failing to de-escalate the initial confrontation.
The complaint detailed the moments leading up to the attack, where the victim sought to disengage and requested the assailant to stop the harassment — efforts that were in vain as the situation escalated in the gym.
The aftermath saw the arrest of the juvenile perpetrator, but details regarding the ongoing criminal proceedings remain undisclosed.
The school district, through a spokesperson, has maintained its stance of not commenting on ongoing legal matters. However, Superintendent Mary Elizabeth Davis has reaffirmed the district’s commitment to student safety and well-being in a recorded statement post-incident.
Wilson’s legal team is pushing for a dual objective with the lawsuit: to achieve justice for the traumatized student and to enhance safety protocols across Henry County Schools and the state of Georgia. The lawyers stress the importance of adherence to policies designed to prevent such incidents, emphasizing that the disregard of these protocols poses risks to both students and faculty alike.
The legal team had followed Georgia’s legal requirements by sending an ante litem notice before filing the complaint. In response, Henry County Schools’ insurance claims examiner dismissed the district’s liability for the demanded $3 million in damages, asserting that neither the county nor its employees bore legal responsibility for the attack.