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Oxford High School in Oxford, Michigan, on Dec. 7. Photo: Emily Elconin/Getty Images

The parents of two students who survived the school shooting at Oxford High School Nov. 30 filed a civil lawsuit against the school district on Thursday.

Why it matters: The parents, Jeffrey and Brandi Franz, allege the district violated state law and the 14th Amendment's guarantee of equal protection by acting in “reckless disregard” for the victims’ safety.

The big picture: The lawsuit claims there was clear evidence that the shooter was planning to cause bodily harm to the students and staff at the school and that the district did not act to prevent a school shooting.

  • Michigan school officials had the legal grounds to search alleged shooter's backpack and locker but did not do so, Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald told CNN on Monday.
  • A 15-year-old suspect has been arrested and accused of killing four students and wounding seven other people during the shooting.
  • The 15 year old's parents have also been been arrested and charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter.

Go deeper: Prosecutors "haven't ruled out" charging school officials in Michigan shooting

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Jan 13, 2022 - Health

Teachers in France stage mass walkout over COVID protocols

Teachers denounce the absence of protective materials in schools on Jan. 13 in Paris. Photo: Vincent Koebel/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Teachers across France staged a mass walkout Thursday to protest ever-changing COVID-19 rules in the education sector, which they say fail to protect teachers and students.

Why it matters: Protests took place in towns across the country, forcing schools to close, though officials did not specify how many schools had to close Thursday. Some 58% of teachers in Paris participated, leading to nearly 200 school closures, the mayor's office said.

COVID is disrupting some North Texas school schedules

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Data: N.Y. Times; Cartogram: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Several North Texas school districts have canceled classes for the rest of the week, while others are now requiring students and staff to wear masks in response to a surge of new coronavirus cases.

Why it matters: Pediatric hospitals have reported an increase in positive COVID test results in the month since the first omicron case was reported in North Texas.

China builds its own movie empire

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Data: Gower Street citing Comscore; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

China blocked all four of Disney's Marvel movies from being released in its theaters last year, a grim sign for U.S. film giants being squeezed out of the world's fastest-growing box office.

Why it matters: The Chinese Communist Party is using domestic films as a key conduit for mass messaging aimed at achieving political goals, leaving little room for foreign views.