Parents of student killed by prop gun sue school

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ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) -- The parents of a St. George student who was killed in November while handling a blank-firing prop pistol for a play have sued police and school officials.

The lawsuit contends that a safety plan for the .38 caliber revolver was repeatedly violated in the weeks before 15-year-old Tucker Thayer's death.

The lawsuit says that despite police requirements that the gun be transported, controlled and fired only by an adult, it was often carried to Deseret Hills High School by the owner's minor daughter in a lockbox in her backpack.

The lawsuit also says that the gun and blanks were left in the pack, unattended, in a sound booth.

The Thayers say they are seeking more than $2 million in damages for wrongful death and negligence.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

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