Schnurr v. Board of County Commr’s of Jefferson County

Full title: MARK A. SCHNURR and SHARILYN K. SCHNURR, individually and as parents of…

Court: United States District Court, D. Colorado

Civil Case No. 00-B-790.

Date published: Nov 27, 2001


  • The fact revolves around the tragic events that occurred at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999.
  • Plaintiffs, including individuals who were wounded during the shooting and family members of victims, bring claims against various defendants, including the Board of County Commissioners of Jefferson County, the Sheriff’s Department of Jefferson County, Sheriff John Stone, and several Deputy Sheriff Defendants.
  • The plaintiffs allege that the Deputy Sheriff Defendants failed to adequately respond to the shooting, including preventing other law enforcement, such as a Denver SWAT team, from entering the school to attempt a rescue.
  • It is claimed that the Deputy Sheriff Defendants enforced orders to establish a secure perimeter, effectively preventing rescue attempts and contributing to further harm to the students and teachers inside.


  • The issue involves whether the plaintiffs’ claims against the defendants are legally valid and whether the defendants are liable for their actions or inactions during the Columbine shooting.
  • Specifically, the issue includes whether the defendants violated the plaintiffs’ constitutional rights, failed to provide adequate medical assistance, engaged in willful and wanton conduct, and committed outrageous conduct.
  • Another issue is whether the defendants are entitled to qualified immunity, shielding them from civil liability for their actions during the shooting.

Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED that: 

1. Claim One against all Defendants is DISMISSED;

2. Claim Two against all Defendants is DISMISSED;

3. Claim Three against Sheriff Stone, the Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners, and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department is DISMISSED;

4. Claim Four against the Deputy Sheriffs and Sheriff Stone is DISMISSED; and

5. Claim Five against the Deputy Sheriffs and Sheriff Stone is DISMISSED.

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