The parents of a teen murdered inside her high school say their daughter warned school officials about the student accused of killing her.
Maren Sanchez’s family has filed a lawsuit which states that the teen went to administrators five months before her death, just to put Christopher Plaskon on their radar.
According to the lawsuit, the Sanchez family said Maren told her guidance counselor that Plaskon "was threatening to commit suicide or acts of serious self-harm by cutting himself with a knife and might engage in potentially violent conduct dangerous to himself or others."
Because of those unknowns, Dr. Laura Saunders, of the Institute of Living, said Maren did the right thing by going to the school, even if she didn’t personally feel threatened.
“We don't have the ability to predict who will and who won't be violent,” Saunders said. “There's a belief that it happens out of the blue and that's really a myth.”
Saunders said taking that extra step is critical.
“It's important that they show that it's not just a one-time concern, but when it's an ongoing concern, that they keep the pressure on because that gives information about the seriousness of what's happening,” Saunders said.
Once a complaint is filed, the school isn’t legally obligated to inform the person complaining, of any action that may or may not have been taken.
“It's certainly an obligation in a moral and ethical sense, but I do feel like it falls on parents to continually follow through,” Saunders said.
Plaskon has pleaded no contest to the murder. He could face up to 25 years behind bars.
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