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A formal complaint by a legal team representing Melissa and Daniel Willey, whose daughter was fatally shot two years ago by another student at Great Mills High School, was filed against the St. Mary's County Board of Education in federal court on Friday.
The civil complaint alleges Great Mills High School failed to protect Jaelynn Willey, 16, who was shot at the school by 17-year-old student Austin Rollins on a Tuesday morning in March 2018. Rollins, who authorities report had previously been in a relationship with Jaelynn Willey, had taken his father's gun to school that morning and fired a round at Jaelynn Willey's head, mortally wounding her and striking then 14-year-old student Desmond Barnes in the leg, according to the sheriff's office, before turning the gun on himself and taking his own life.
The suit alleges after Rollins and Jaelynn Willey's relationship "soured" due to his harassing her physically and verbally, he would physically abuse her "at school classrooms during school hours on a repeated basis," and those actions were observed by school personnel, court filings say. The suit also alleges Jaelynn Willey's swim coach was specifically alerted by her parents, and "nothing was done nor escalated by the school."
A formal complaint by a legal team representing Melissa and Daniel Willey, whose daughter was fatally shot two years ago by another student at Great Mills High School, was filed