Egglestons Sue Cumberland County Schools for Son's Murder
Posted April 14, 1999 7:00 a.m. EDT
FAYETTEVILLE — Nearly two years after their son's murder, Chris Eggleston's parents have filed a lawsuit againstCumberland County Schools, saying Westover Senior High School is responsible for their son's death.
Chris Eggleston would have turned 18 years old Thursday, so his family chose this day to file a lawsuit against the Cumberland County Board of Education. The family is suing for negligence and emotional distress.
"Our investigation has lead us to believe that administrators at Westover Senior High School were negligent, and as a result put Christopher Eggleston in harm's way. And as a result, he was killed," says Todd Conorman. "Today is a day for accountability."
The attorney for the Eggleston family believes administrators at Westover High School knew about a group that was presenting a danger to students, but never did anything about it.
In June 1997, Chris Eggleston was reportedmissingafter school, and found dead just behind campus. A member of that group, Matthew Myers,pleaded guiltyto Eggleston's murder.
Another member of that group,Shanon Tyson, is still awaiting trial.
The civil suit filed Thursday by the Egglestons claims the school failed to investigate threats, failed to provide enough security, and a safe environment for their child.
"We don't want another family to go through what we have had to go through," says Angela Eggleston, Chris' mother. "We don't want another child to have to live through what Chris went through."
The lawsuit was filed around 10 a.m.; Cumberland County was unable to comment at that time because they had not seen the lawsuit yet.